Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools

Originally posted on Lara Trace Hentz:
Soul Wound The Legacy of Native American Schools U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself. By Andrea Smith A little…

Dear Lara…this is way too intense; I’m flipping out here…a freight train of horror and anguish has literally devastated my life long vision of North America’s Naive peoples! This statement of yours, “The general public did not know – and because it was children, this crime seems more heinous. I am sorry too. I wish I could have done something to prevent it myself,” along with the preceding one from KC Redding-Gonzalez, “I’d like to believe that this sordid history happened because the average American had no direct knowledge of it, and would have protested.” Those two hard to swallow poison pills of Reality to me; are about me too!

And now I want to know how this happened and slipped by almost undetected for so long! As informed as I thought I’ve been most of my adult life I had no idea at all this heinous atrocity and travesty occurred especially to this level to so many; all right under everyone’s noses! Where were the sincere genuine investigative journalists of yesteryear or the Ralph Nader types of public watch dogs all these freaking years!!! Was there threat of life and limb being carried out by CIA type figures in the shadows and weeds, preventing someone like me if I had any FACTS and eyewitness accounts to this would have put my own life on the damn line to expose the whole truth and nothing but the truth like a Brave Indian Warrior; to stop the evil being perpetrated upon innocent good people!

OK, I’m just one little person in this world but I can talk up a storm and I hate, yes actually using the right word here; Hate evil and this was an evil being conducted apparently for so long to so many while someone who had the power to slam dunk it; didn’t do squat! Now I’m mad and after all these years it might be as they say, how that ship has sailed; but I want to know the whole truth and see something done to not get even, but to give the dignity and honor to so many Native Americans that they so rightly deserve and must receive, if Justice is to be Done and Served.

I can’t believe I didn’t know something of this magnitude and horror was perpetrated by Americans under our noses. I see how corrupted our Government and for that matter any in the world are, they all make me sick daily; but this goes beyond that; this is way beyond targeted heinous exploitation or abuse! And as the saying goes “the Truth will set you free,” so we need a whole lot of truth now!

God bless you Fellow American!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

Lara Trace Hentz

Soul Wound

The Legacy of Native American Schools

U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself.

By Andrea Smith

A little while ago, I was supposed to attend a Halloween party. I decided to dress as a nun because nuns were the scariest things I ever saw,” says Willetta Dolphus, 54, a Cheyenne River Lakota. The source of her fear, still vivid decades later, was her childhood experience at American Indian boarding schools in South Dakota.

Boys pray before bedtime with Father Keyes, St. Mary’s Mission School, Omak. © Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, WA

Dolphus is one of more than 100,000 Native Americans forced by the U.S. government to attend Christian schools. The system, which…

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Have worked in creative and news visual media as a photographer or cameraman and this POV has given me a better insight or view of the world. The Cameraman's POV. His Perspective on many things. All content on this site is copyrighted© by Lawrence Morra/Zero Lift-Off. All rights reserved. Email: lmor3@aol.com

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