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Symposium: Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories is the re-installation of the long-running “Boarding School Exhibit” at the Heard Museum. Since opening in 2000, Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience has become the Heard Museum’s most thematically powerful exhibition. Over the past two decades interest in American Indian boarding schools and scholarship about the subject has increased. It is a story that must continue to be shared and one that is central to remembering the nation’s past and understanding its present.

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Brenda Child, Ph. D., (Red Lake Ojibwe) professor and chair, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Ph. D., (Hopi) professor, Department of History and American Indian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Ph. D., (Mvskoke/Creek nation, unenrolled) Distinguished Scholar of Indigenous Education, Center for Indian Education, and professor in the School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Jon Reyhner, Ed. D., professor, Department of Educational Specialties, Northern Arizona University

Charles M. Roessel, Ph. D., (Diné) President, Diné College

Patty Talahongva, (Hopi) curator, Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

Louellyn White (Akwesasne Mohawk), associate professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


Symposium Schedule

Moderated by K. Tsianina Lomawaima

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Legacies of American Indian Boarding Schools

  • The Boarding School as Metaphor, Brenda Child
  • Places of Memory—Phoenix Indian School, Patty Talahongva
  • Places of Memory—Carlisle Indian School, Louellyn White

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

New Directions in American Indian Education

  • American Indian Boarding Schools—what went wrong and what is going right, Jon Reyhner
  • Making Research Meaningful to Community, Sherman Indian School, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
  • Self-Determination as a School Improvement Strategy, Charles M. Roessel
Chemawa, OR Boarding School

Chemawa, OR Boarding School

Event Details

Saturday, January 26
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: Free

Steele Auditorium

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