Good Trouble Conversations: History and Legacy of Indigenous Boarding Schools

On May 11, 2022, the Department of the Interior released the first volume of the Federal Indian Boarding Schools Initiative Report. As a Jesuit Institution, we have an obligation to educate our various communities about the history of boarding schools and our responsibility to address those wrongs as a society, a church and a Jesuit University.

Join our own Kevin Burke, S.J. as he facilitates a discussion with guest panelists as they examine the History and Legacy of Indigenous Boarding Schools, run by the US Government and the Catholic Church. The conversation will also include information about the work that is being done now, on a national level, to uncover truths and give voice to the survivors of these schools. Part of our conversation will focus on the historical and archaeological work that is currently underway on Colorado’s Teller Indian School, near the town of Grand Junction.

These conversations are inspired by the late Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, who passed away in 2020. Lewis, who was beaten by police during the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, called on people to "get in good trouble, necessary trouble and redeem the soul of America." He called on young people to speak out, be persistent, and be non-violent in demanding transformational societal change.

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