The Blue Skies Foundation will host a forum for and about Indian boarding school survivors – the first event of its kind in the United States – on October 22nd through the 25th, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, in Oneida, Wisconsin. The forum is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center; Human Rights Action Center, Washington, DC; and others.
The forum will focus on the experiences of Native children who were forced at early ages to attend Indian boarding schools. A panel of qualified Native judges will be listening to the witnesses as they provide first-hand testimony of the abuse and mistreatment they suffered at the hands of the federal government and religious institutions while being forced to live away from their families and Nations.
The forum will provide boarding school survivors the opportunity to share their stories with the public, as well as a panel of distinguished judges who will provide conclusions and recommendations at the end of the tribunal. Testimony also will be filmed to create a permanent record of survivors’ accounts. The Foundation will host a live stream of the forum from its website.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.
For more information on this event, please visit the Blue Skies Foundation website at: