USA - 500 Native Americans Died at Boarding Schools

Arno Froese

At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children died while attending Indian boarding schools run or supported by the U.S. government, a highly anticipated Interior Department report said. The report identified over 400 schools and more than 50 gravesites and said more gravesites would likely be found.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s grandparents were both 8 years old when they were forced to attend boarding school, she said at a news conference. “Many children like them never made it back to their homes. Each of those children is a missing family member, a person who was not able to live out their purpose on this Earth because they lost their lives as part of this terrible system,” Haaland said, holding back tears.

“The United States doesn’t even know how many Indian students went through these institutions—let alone how many actually died in them,” said Preston S. McBride, an Indian boarding school historian and a Comanche descendent. McBride has found more than 1,000 student deaths at the four former boarding schools he has studied, and estimates the overall number of deaths could be as high as 40,000.

Beginning in the early 1800s, the U.S. government stole Native American children from their communities and forced them to attend Indian boarding schools, where they were stripped of their languages and traditions, given English names and trained to perform military drills.

While the report acknowledges an era of violence perpetrated on Native American children, it does not ensure that the government will take any immediate steps to address the devastation left by its policies. The report notes that the federal government has never provided a forum for survivors or their descendants to voluntarily detail their experiences.

In Canada, following the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, the government recently set aside $4.7 billion to support Indigenous communities affected by its residential schools., 11 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

Why are we publishing this unpleasant truth? Simply to show that nations, by whatever name, are fundamentally evil, cruel, and selfish. Also, because some Christians continue to claim their innocence: “My nation is better.” Obviously, far from the truth.

What does the Bible say about the nations? Galatians 1:4 declares: “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Philippians 2:15 adds: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” And 1 John 5:19 summarizes: “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”

We have published some excepts from this article by Graham Lee Brewer as a message to Christians; namely, that the truth shall make us free—not relying on selective history. 

The collective sin of nations will not be forgotten. Moses proclaims in Deuteronomy 32:7: “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.”

Christians—whoever they are, wherever they live—belong to a new nation; one that does not have an earthly name, no national flag or anthem. They have no headquarters, no capital city, no single language; they practice totally different cultures, are subject to diverse laws, but they are one in Christ Jesus. This unity in the Spirit and in practice was demonstrated for us by the first church in Jerusalem: “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common” (Acts 4:32). That is the nations that counts for us believers. The result is described in verse 33: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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