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Oct. 4, 2023: Colorado’s Indian boarding schools were places of hard labor and indoctrination

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Feeding the Poultry at the Teller Institute
Courtesy of the Museum of Western Colorado
The Teller Institute closed in 1911 and now a state task force is beginning the search for the remains of Native American children on the grounds.

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For the last year, Colorado has investigated historical Indian boarding schools here, led by State Archaeologist Holly Norton. These dehumanizing, sometimes deadly, institutions were part of a broader, but fortunately unsuccessful, campaign to erase Indigenous identities. Ryan Warner speaks with Norton about the importance of Colorado acknowledging this history and what comes next. Also, the president of the Navajo Nation, Buu Nygren, reacts to the report.