Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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MSU Indigenous community members celebrate Orange Shirt Day, honor boarding school victims

In May of 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior, or DOI, released an investigative report identifying approximately 500 Native American boarding schools across the United States and Canada that existed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Three of them existed in Michigan, and one did not close until 1983. Now, Indigenous students, faculty and community members of Michigan State University are making sure the atrocities committed against their communities are not forgotten. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commonly known as Orange Shirt Day, honors the countless number of children who were sent to Native American boarding schools, many of whom never returned.