Native American Heritage Month: Indian Schools: A Survivor's Story

Date: November 7, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cook DeWitt Auditorium
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/oma

Native American Heritage Month Celebration
LIB 100 & LIB 201 Approved

The tragic history of Native Americans is considered by many to be our “American Holocaust.” This can be seen in the history of the Boarding School Era, during which time Native children were forcibly removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools. 

This documentary film shares the stories of the Native American boarding schools survivors and provides insight into the historical trauma that they created.  Film will be followed by a panel discussion including Fay Givens, Executive Director of the American Indian Services; Dr. Kay McGowen, Anthropology Faculty Member at Eastern Michigan University and Warren Petoskey, artist and author of Dancing My Dream.  


Connections to the Classroom
LIB 100/201 Approved

Learning Outcomes:

Personal and Social Responsibility: (LIB100)
1.  Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to discuss the history and establishment of the Native American boarding school program created by US government.  (Integrative Learning)

Awareness and Knowledge of Communities and Identities Different from One’s Own: (LIB 201)
2. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to explain how the boarding schools negatively impacted Native Americans ability to stay connected to their culture, spirituality, and history.  (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence)

Knowledge and Examination of Structures and Systems that Impact Diverse Populations: (LIB 201)
3. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to describe how the inter-generational trauma created from the boarding school experience impacts Native families of today.   (Critical Thinking)