Survivors Recall Their Time At Native American Boarding Schools


It’s a piece of the past that has been left out of most American history books. 

But for the survivors of South Dakota’s orphanages and boarding schools, it’s a piece of their past they will never forget.

For decades, Native American children were taken from their homes and forced to give up their traditions and language.  

As we showed you in South Dakota’s Stolen Children, some were also victims of abuse. 

“The mistreatments or how we were treated, it was well covered up. To actually be a part of that, I know it bothers me and it bothers my relatives,” Jon Eagle, who attended Tekawitha Boarding School, said.

These boarding school survivors by speaking out now; they hope to shine a light on South Dakota’s dark past.  Hear more from them in tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND.

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