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By K. Tsianina Lomawaima

Established in 1884 and operative for almost a century, the Chilocco Indian institution in Oklahoma was once one among a chain of off-reservation boarding faculties meant to assimilate American Indian young children into mainstream American existence. Critics have characterised the universities as destroyers of Indian groups and cultures, however the fact that ok. Tsianina Lomawaima discloses was once even more complex.

Lomawaima permits the Chilocco scholars to talk for themselves. In memories juxtaposed opposed to the professional documents of racist ideology and repressive perform, scholars from the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties bear in mind their loneliness and demoralization but additionally take note with satisfaction the affection and mutual aid binding them together—the forging of latest pan-Indian identities and reinforcement of previous tribal ones.

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