Boarding School Tribunal: Beatings and rapes of Indian children in US

Day 1 Boarding School Tribunal on Oneida land

 

Article and photos by Brenda Norrell

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Boarding School Tribunal began with a traditional prayer and AIM song on Wednesday morning. Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, and Bill Means, Lakota, welcomed Native Americans to the first day of the three day Tribunal focused on the devastating impacts of boarding schools.

Dennis Banks urged Native young people to take the lead in the American Indian Movement.

Describing his own childhood, Banks said he was in boarding schools from the age of five to sixteen, for 11 years. He described the screams at night from the beatings and rapes that were inflicted on Indian children in those boarding schools.

"Screams at night, those were very common," Banks said.

The Tribunal being held Oct. 22 -- 24 in Green Bay is the second annual Tribunal here. Last year, the Tribunal focused on freedom for imprisoned Indian activist Leonard Peltier and Indigenous rights, including the defense of the Earth and the poisoning of the land from uranium mining in the Pueblos and on the Navajo Nation.

The Tribunal continues on Thursday and Friday with testimony on the ongoing abuse of Indian children in boarding schools operated by religious organizations and the US government.

For the second year, Earthcycles is providing the livestream and Censored News is providing live print coverage.

Read more at Censored News

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-1-boarding-school-tribunal-in-green.html

 

Photo 1: Registration at the Tribunal today. Photo 2: Dennis Banks greets Stephanie Davis at the Tribunal. Photos by Brenda Norrell

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.