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Secretary Haaland travels to MT for final visit on ‘The Road to Healing’

Will meet with federal Indian boarding school survivors and descendants

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News from the Dept. of the Interior

WASHINGTON — On Nov. 5, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Wizipan Garriott will travel to Bozeman for the twelfth and final stop on “The Road to Healing,” a year-long tour across the country to provide Native survivors of the federal Indian boarding school system and their descendants an opportunity to share their experiences. This meeting is with survivors and descendants of the federal Indian boarding school system as part of “The Road to Healing” on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at 10 a.m. in Bozeman. 

Secretary Haaland launched the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative to shed light on the troubled history of Federal Indian boarding school policies and their legacy for Indigenous Peoples. In May 2022, the Department released Volume 1 of an investigative report as part of the Initiative, which calls for connecting communities with trauma-informed support and facilitating the collection of a permanent oral history. 

Trauma-informed support will be available on-site during the events, which will be memorialized as part of the effort to capture first-person stories. 

Only the first hour will be open to credentialed members of the media to allow space for the wishes of participants. A transcript will be available in the weeks following the visit on the Department’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative webpage. 

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