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ERIC Number: EJ781215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-29
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Painful Remembrance
Pember, Mary Annette
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n21 p24-27 Nov 2007
Many in Indian country have expressed that the trauma from the boarding school experience continues to terrorize the hearts of American Indians. Although much has been written about this history that looms so large in the North American indigenous experience, it remains an obscure topic in mainstream America. Dr. Eulynda J. Toledo, a member of the Dine tribe and project director of a grant from the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation, is working to bring attention to the "intergenerational trauma" of the boarding school era through the recently founded Boarding School Healing Project. Toledo and her colleagues maintain that many of the social ills plaguing current generations of American Indians, including sexual abuse, child abuse, violence towards women and substance abuse can be traced to the generations of abuse experienced at Indian boarding schools. Toledo describes intergenerational trauma as posttraumatic stress disorder that has been passed down through generations. The project's goals are four-fold: healing, education, documentation and accountability. According to their mission statement, "the project is a starting point to address child sexual abuse. By framing abuse as the continuing effects of human rights abuses perpetrated by government policy, they hope to take the shame away from talking about these issues and provide space for communities to address the problems and heal."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America