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Indigenous Activists React To Kamloops Grave Discovery

Kamloops Indian Residental School

Children taken away from their families and forced to go to boarding schools, so they can be assimilated into society. It's not a dystopian novel, it's the history of North America for Native American/First Nations children.

And the stain got bigger recently, with the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 young people, on the grounds of a closed boarding school in Kamloops, British Columbia. It's a shock followed by calls for further investigation.

We reached out to indigenous activists from our area. Mandy Yeahpau, a member of the Cherokee, Comanche, and Tarahumara tribes, and Natalie Jackson, a member of the Klamath Tribes, join us.


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