Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools

Book, 2004, 158 pp
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For five consecutive generations, from roughly 1880-1980, Native American children in the United States and Canada were forcibly taken from their families and relocated to residential schools. The stated goal of this government program was to "kill the Indian to save the man." Half of the children did not survive the experience, and those who did were left permanently scarred. The resulting alcoholism, suicide, and the transmission of trauma to successive generations has led to a social disintegration with results that can only be described as genocidal.
"Painful and powerful, "Kill the Indian, Save the Man" provides the first comprehensive study of the effects of the residential schools into which American Indian children were forced by the US and Canadian governments. With his usual painstaking accuracy and moving prose, Churchill exposes the genocidal nature of this important dimension of the assimilationist policies that continue to decimate Native North American communities. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ravages of settler state colonialism or the effects of transgenerational trauma." -- Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of Law, Georgia State University

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