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20MICHAEL HTY-110H4/18/2020INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS
INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLSMICHAEL A. EVANSHTY-110HMDr. STEVEN FREENOR
The Indian Boarding schools reform consisted of Tactics and Strategies used by the US Government and the Europeans in a collaborating effort to justify the Americanization of the Native Americans.Established in the United States during late 19th century and mid-20th century, with the sole purpose of assimilating the native children and youth into a Euro-American culture was the intention and whole purpose of the Indian Boarding Schools. At this time the Europeans created a group of, Indian reformist with the intention to have the Native Americans adopt the religion of Christianity, and abandon their traditions, behavior, customs and beliefs, giving way to their once savage behavior and to a more Americanized/civilized lifestyle and education. With education there were also a few different viewpoints for the use of boarding schools, and how to educate the Native American children. During the initial concept, the reformist believed that the support of Western academics, vocational training, and discipline would aid and assist with the detribalization of the Native children. Europeans and the US Government felt as if they had the best interest of the Native population in mind, with intentions to work towards the interest to become one collective society of indistinguishable minded and cultured Americans. Education was the ultimate way of destroying the Natives. Forced to leave behind cultural ways, the Native Americans were forced to assimilate this new found lifestyle and education. This would become the first generation that would be initiated to fit into the typical American society. This type of thinking gave birth to boarding schools for the Indian children. The Reformers took this opportunity and were determined to Christianize Indians and made it their mission to open schools on reservations, educating children in basic academics but expending greater energy on religious conversion (Townsend 367). The whites tried to carefully orchestrate
and manipulate the Natives, so that their children would never return to the savage and barbaric ways of their ancestors, leaving all customs and heritage behind. This came with much refusal to

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