US Department of Interior releases report on Federal Indian Boarding Schools


Last updated 6/23/2022 at 9:07am

National Archives (75-GS-6)

A first- and second-grade class at the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School in Genoa, Neb., in 1910. Historians do not know how many students died at the government-run school, one of hundreds that once operated around the country.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On May 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its historic Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report, which serves as a formal investigation into federal Indian boarding school policy. The report identified 408 federally-run Indian boarding schools and discovered more than 500 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) or Native Hawaiian child deaths at these institutions. These initial findings are considered preliminary and final numbers are expected to increase upon further investigation.

Major findings in the report include:


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