Children left behind: dark legacy of Indian mission boarding schools

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Clear Light Pub., 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
"Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools is a must read. Tim Giago, who spent his childhood at one of these schools, examines the unholy alliance between church and state that tried to destroy the culture and spirituality of generations of Indian children. Provocative, riveting, chilling, persuasive, and original, this book leaves the reader overwhelmed. Describing almost inexpressible cruelties and triumphs, Giago pulls us into the boarding school experience. He challenges Indian Country to co-exist with the truth of what actually happened at these schools. Only then can we heal and avoid acquiescence to a system that has crushed so many souls. The book is a triumph, and a major event in Indian education." Ryan Wilson, Oglala Lakota, President, National Indian Education Association "Children Left Behind is a sad story of a nations best intentions gone awry. Tim Giagos personal accounts reveal an untold tragedy of abuse of helpless children by those who had the responsibility to protect them. To fully understand the calamity, you need only to visit the graveyards of the old boarding schools and see the hundreds of graves of Indian children who did not survive the misguided assimilation efforts." Richard B. Williams, Oglala Lakota, President & CEO, American Indian College Fund "Children Left Behind, written by respected journalist Tim Giago, is a fascinating mix of personal stories and history about the role of government and mission boarding schools in the lives of Native people. The book provides the reader with the cultural and historical context for many of the problems encountered by Native American families in the early 21st century." (Wilma Mankiller, Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation)

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Tim Giago is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. He was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and attended Holy Rosary Indian Mission for ten years. Following a stint in the Navy and studies at the University of Nevada at Reno, he became a journalist. He was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship in Journalism to Harvard University for the years 1990-1991 and is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Knight Ridder Tribune News Service in Washington, D.C. In 1981 Giago founded the Lakota Times, re-named Indian Country Today in 1992. He was its editor and publisher for 18 years before selling the paper in 1998. Two years later he started the Lakota Journal and served as its editor and publisher until his retirement in July, 2004. He founded the Native American Journalists Association in 1984 and served as its first president. He recently retired as president of the Native American Journalists Foundation, Inc., and as editor and publisher of the monthly magazine Native American Review. Giago has received many professional awards, including the H.L. Mencken Award. His published books include The Aboriginal Sin and Notes from Indian Country Volumes I and II. Giago also edited and helped write The American Indian and the Media. He has appeared on national television on programs such as Nightline and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He now makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.