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The Knotted Line

Evan Bissell, Author

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1879: Kill The...

1879: The first Indian boarding school opens in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, becoming the model for 26 similar schools with the stated rationale to “kill the Indian and save the man.” More than 100,000 Native children are forced into various state schools.

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Discussion Questions:
  • In what ways has your time in school forced you to give up parts of your culture? What parts of culture has it given you?
  • Imagine you are not allowed to speak your birth language in school. What is your day like?
  • Where (home, friends, media, school, etc.) have you learned who you are culturally? How do these help you or hinder as you go through your life?
  • Reflect on the things that your parents have struggled with. How have these affected your life?
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