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Author Burich, Keith R., author

Title The Thomas Indian School and the "irredeemable" children of New York / Keith R. Burich
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 189 pages) : illustrations
Series The Iroquois and their neighbors
Iroquois and their neighbors.
Contents An overwhelming majority of the Indians are poor, even extremely poor -- Things fall apart -- Conceived in hope, born of despair -- Crippled, defective, and Indian children -- Up to this day, I ain't nothing -- No place to go -- Everyone has forgotten me though I'm gonna die
Summary "The story of the Thomas Indian School is the story of the Iroquois people and the suffering and despair of the children who found themselves trapped in an institution from which there was little chance for escape. Although the school began as a refuge for children, it also served as a mechanism for "civilizing" and converting native children to Christianity. As the school's population swelled and financial support dried up, the founders were forced to turn the school over to the state of New York. Under the State Board of Charities, children were subjected to prejudice, poor treatment, and long-term institutionalization, resulting in alienation from their families and cultures. In this harrowing yet essential book, Burich offers new and important insights into the role and nature of boarding schools and their destructive effect on generations of indigenous populations."--Back cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Thomas Indian School (Iroquois, N.Y.)
Indian children -- Abuse of -- New York (State) -- History.
Indian students -- New York (State) -- History.
Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- New York (State)
Indians of North America -- Education -- New York (State) -- Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.
Iroquois Indians -- Cultural assimilation -- New York (State)
Iroquois Indians -- Education -- History.
Iroquois children -- New York (State) -- Social conditions.
Off-reservation boarding schools -- New York (State) -- History.
Cattaraugus Indian Reservation (N.Y.) -- History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0815653581 (electronic bk.)
9780815653585 (electronic bk.)