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Sexual Trauma: One Legacy of the Boarding School Era -Ruth Hopkins

Sexual Trauma: One Legacy of the Boarding School Era -Ruth Hopkins

Sexual Trauma: One Legacy of the Boarding School Era By Ruth Hopkins Every American Indian alive today has been affected by the policy of assimilation implemented by the United States government in centuries past. Under the guise of Manifest Destiny, European invaders swept through North America in ever increasing waves- displacing Natives from their ancestral homelands. They made treaties with Native nations only to break them, and resorted to outright theft when push came to shove. Ultimately, these greed-driven conquests led to the massacre of millions of innocent Indigenous peoples. Their weapons of mass destruction were disease, starvation, and war. They underestimated the strength and resilience of North America’s First Peoples.  Despite their best efforts to terminate us, and even though Natives were vastly outnumbered, we persisted. The Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), joined by allies, defeated U.S. forces on North American soil at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Even though they killed nearly all the buffalo, Natives held on. We survived. In the late 1800s, a new...

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