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LISTEN: The Abuse of Indigenous Children Was Motivated By Land Seizures

Citizen Board Member and MSNBC host Ali Velshi takes us inside a new report detailing the abuses of Indigenous children in government-run boarding schools. They were systematically stripped of their identity in order to acquire tribal lands.

LISTEN: The Abuse of Indigenous Children Was Motivated By Land Seizures

Citizen Board Member and MSNBC host Ali Velshi takes us inside a new report detailing the abuses of Indigenous children in government-run boarding schools. They were systematically stripped of their identity in order to acquire tribal lands.

A new report commissioned by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, America’s first Native American cabinet secretary, estimates that thousands of Native American, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian youth perished while in the custody of federal Indian boarding schools between 1819 and 1969 — schools that were run and supported by the U.S. government.

“The numbers in this report are staggering,” notes Ali Velshi in a segment on MSNBC, “But, the intent is worse. This was a deliberate effort by the American government to strip children from their families, destroy native roots, exploit labor and westernize Native communities, making it easier for the government to steal their land.”

Listen to the rest of his commentary below.

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