All About Indian Boarding Schools

Can you imagine someone coming to your home and telling you that your children have to leave home immediately? And go live at a boarding school, hundreds or thousands of miles away?


That is what happened to Native American parents and children when the U.S. Congress authorized the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to create rules requiring Indian children to attend these schools. This 1891 Congress also authorized the Indian Office to withhold rations, clothing and other annuities from Native parents who would not send and keep their children in school. Some children were as young as four years old and were enrolled in Chirstian and government-run boarding schools.