US boarding school review prompts calls for trauma support

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some members of Congress want protections put in place to address ongoing intergenerational trauma as more information comes to light about the troubled history of Indigenous boarding schools in the United States.

A group of 21 Democrats sent a letter last week to the Indian Health Service.

They’re asking that culturally appropriate support services be put in place, such as a special hotline and mental and spiritual programs.

The federal agency said Monday it’s reviewing the request and discussing what steps to take next.

Advocacy groups say additional trauma resources for Indigenous communities are more urgent than ever.

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