US must investigate treatment of Native Americans by boarding schools – The Virginian-Pilot

On Monday, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, honoring Indigenous history, culture and people. On this day of celebration, I will also reflect on the painful history between the United States and Indigenous communities.

Throughout the history of settlers coming to this land, there has been much perpetuated violence. The age of assimilation, roughly between 1860 and 1960, also brought with it the era of boarding schools. For about a century, hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in federally sponsored boarding schools, where they faced violence and abuse.

In Virginia, while there was a federally supported boarding school in Hampton, many children were taken and sent to out-of-state boarding schools, fostering separation and diminishing the chances of reunification.

In order to truly honor Indigenous peoples, the United States must acknowledge the past and bring the truth to light. I urge the senses. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representative Bobby Scott to co-sponsor and support the Truth and Healing Commission on the Policies of Indian Residential Schools in the United States (HR 5444/S 2907). This era had many lasting effects for Indigenous communities; it is essential that the United States begin the investigation of these schools and start the healing process.

Jamie L. Canty, Newport News

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You won’t see the name ‘Donald Trump’ on the ballot for this year’s midterm elections, but make no mistake – the former president’s name appears on many, if not all, ballots. , Across the country. The events of the past six years have proven that there is no functioning Republican party outside of the former president. He lies with impunity and engages in verbal abuse that would embarrass a middle schooler, but his party is generally silent. Republicans don’t have an agenda outside of Trump’s agenda, and since that changes with the weather, that means no one can predict what the party would do if it regained control of Congress. During his four years in office, the former president tried to break down many American institutions of government, and his party seems reckless.

It is unclear whether the United States will survive the first Trump administration. A continuation of Trumpism – through the election of Trump enablers midway through this year or the election of Trump (or a Trump wannabe) in 2024 – would destroy everything.

Karen McPherson, Williamsburg

I always like opinion pieces, except for election years. This is when people you don’t even know will tell you to vote for their candidate. They are like television commercials in their oblique and revealing ways.

So I’m going to pass on some wisdom that my dad gave me. If you think you’re better today than last year, keep things the way they are. If you’re not, vote for a change. Only a fool votes along party lines, because every party has average and extreme candidates running. One last thing he said: if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. So be sure to vote.

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