Mount Pleasant Indian Boarding School Investigation

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Over the four decades that the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School operated in Michigan, thousands of Native American children. Michigan’s Mount Pleasant’s Indian Boarding school is under investigation for the deaths of 227 children

Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School indoctrinated 300 children each year and ran until 1934. There were also schools in Baraga and Harbor Springs. For decades, the US took thousands of Native American children and enrolled them in off-reservation boarding schools. In fact, this was government policy to assimilate an entire people by forcibly removing children from their families and indoctrinating them into the Anglo language, religion, and way of life.

From its inception in 1893 through its closing in 1934, the United States reported five fatalities of Indigenous children at the school. However, when the state transferred the site where the school formerly stood to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan in 2010, the tribe’s researchers discovered a more comprehensive history of federal government violence: paperwork proving the deaths of 227 children while at Mount Pleasant. The search for their remains continues.

Mount Pleasant Indian Boarding School Investigation

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