Talk:Haskell Indian Nations University
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Haskell's history of abuse of Native American children
This rosy account of Haskell's history reads like marketing puff from Haskell's admissions centre. Here's another point of view, from a somewhat more independent source, the NYT:
Haskell’s history makes it as much shrine as school: a century ago, young Indians whose tribes’ land had been seized by the United States were sent there to become Christians, cut their hair and shed their traditional customs and tongues. Students who did not comply could be beaten or chained to walls in what is now Kiva Hall. Many died there from such abuse...
... After his lectures last fall, Dr. Patterson walked around campus to visit relics of Haskell’s sad past — the powwow grounds, Kiva Hall and some sacred wetlands. Then he went to the most solemn area of all. It was a cemetery filled with dozens of small, weathered gravestones for children who, four and five generations ago, did not survive their days at Haskell.
Dr. Patterson teared up when he saw the stones from a distance. “These are the children of the Holocaust for us,” he said.
Source: 'Overcoming Addiction, Professor Tackles Perils American Indians Face'; Alan Schwarz; NYT; 11 May 2013; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/us/professor-ex-addict-confronts-perils-american-indians-face.html 22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:55, 13 May 2013 (UTC)