History Colorado released a study commissioned by HB22-1327 with findings on the impacts of federal Native American boarding schools. Researchers focused their studies on the events, abuse and deaths that occurred between 1880 and 1920 at eight schools in Colorado, including the Fort Lewis and Grand Junction Indian Boarding Schools.
Understanding the atrocities of our past is critical to helping us fully reckon with it and attempt to create paths for healing for the future. This powerful and painful report details the horrors imposed upon Native American children and families by federally run boarding schools, many of which were located in Colorado. Tragically, this is just one example of government-backed programs that have inflicted generational harm on marginalized communities. These types of in-depth reports are imperative to helping bring these stories out of the shadows and allowing us to more comprehensively understand and rectify these tragedies.
Read the full report here.