On March 3, 1819, the passage of the Indian Civilization Fund Actencouraged the harmful assimilation of Indigenous peoples. 204 years later, efforts to repair generational trauma continue. Between 1819 and 1969, the United States operated or supported hundreds of Indigenous boarding schools where American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children were discouraged and often prevented from using their languages, connecting to their cultures, and practicing their religions.
The Episcopal Church stands with the Indigenous Peoples of the world in support of their rights to live in and retain their traditional lands and territories, to maintain their languages and enrich their cultures, and to ensure that their traditions are strengthened and passed on for generations to come.
Urge your members of Congress to support the introduction and passage of legislation that will establish a Truth and Healing Commission to investigate the history of Indigenous boarding schools and to begin addressing the wrongs committed against many Indigenous peoples.