Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, opened in 1879 as the first government-run boarding school for Native American children. The goal? Forced assimilation of Native children into white American society under the belief of “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.
Do Native American boarding schools still exist?
In Salem, the Chemawa Indian Boarding School is the oldest continuously operated and federally run Indian boarding school in the United States. It is one of only four off-reservation boarding schools still open.