“The love of possessions is a disease with them [Americans]. They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away. If America had been twice the size it is, there still would not have been enough.” – Sitting Bull
The boarding schools were designed with the slogan, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”
in an attempt to Christianize or Americanize the Indian population.
They targeted children as they believed the adults were too set in their
ways. In 1879, the schools were brought off the reservations to avoid
children from attempting to run away and to ensure that if they went
back home they would not return to their traditional lifestyle.
Forcibly taken from their homes, forbidden to speak Native languages
or practice traditions, the children were overcrowded, starved, and
victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. The rationale for the
cultural genocide was because it was cheaper to “educate” the Indians
into mainstream culture than to try to wage war.
This is never taught in American school systems. History books are
censored from speaking the truth of how this nation was formed on
genocide of the American Indians. Now, representing less than
one-percent of the population they are the last race that it is socially
acceptable to discriminate against.