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Feds may investigate Native American boarding school in Nevada after discovery of Canadian mass graves

By Marcella Corona Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO, Nev. – The Stewart Indian School in Carson City may come under federal review following U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement that the government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools.

Last month, Haaland, who is a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo and the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, outlined the national initiative while addressing members of the National Congress of American Indians during its midyear conference.

The initiative stemmed from the discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 children, all uncovered on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school. The Kamloops Indian Residential School is one of many institutions that held Indigenous children taken from families across the nation and in the United States.

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