2021 November 19, Bookworm #37 – Native American Boarding Schools as a Tool of U.S. Empire (Veronica Pasfield)
From Tracy Payovich
In this episode of the Clements Bookworm, Dr. Veronica Pasfield discusses her continuing research to understand the full purpose and force of federal Indian boarding schools. She asserts that the creation story of Carlisle Indian School must be rooted in missionary schools founded to prepare Kanaka Maoli for wage labor on their own Hawaiian homelands as well as in the captivity of Native children in the Southwest by a U.S. Army desperate to bring about the submission of Western tribes by any means necessary. While administrators touted assimilation as a benevolent enterprise, the archives show that Indian children were used as hostages to secure the extraction of tribal resources, and "schools" were used as an instrument for transforming indigenous peoples into a permanent underclass in their own homeland.
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This episode was generously sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.