Carlisle School, founded in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1879, by Captain Richard Henry Pratt~
As part of the effort to "civilize" the Native Americans and recruit them into a European way of thinking, several boarding schools were established with the aim of assimilating Indian children into the culture of the white man. The Carlisle Indian School was the first of these educational establishments....as part of the assimilation process it was deemed necessary to remove the children from their parents and families, their traditional homes, and the way of life that they had followed for generations. In view of this fact, the schools were all situated away from the reservations. As many as 26 schools sprang up using the example of the Carlisle School as their inspiration. The Bureau of Indian Affairs applied more pressure in separating children fro their families.
At the Carlisle School, it was forbidden to use any language other than English, and when they first arrived children were given new English names, and also enforced haircuts. Many tribes believed that cutting the hair was a sign of mourning, and consequently the children would often weep until late into the night after this treatment...the school eventually closed its doors in 1918.....~
~Native American History~
Many more Indian residential school stories to be heard
This racism was one of the first and foremost reasons for these schools. The governments had spent years trying to kill the Indian through various means.
Starvation, torture, abuse, stealing native land & giving the Native only small parcels of land which were not good for food or safety. Day & night raids by government soldiers against native villages, killing men, women & children. Many raids were carried out at night so that soldiers could easily attack the people when they were asleep & unarmed. Forbidden to hunt for food to feed their families.
Rape, lies about what Indians were like to stir up violence against the Indian.
Bounties were put on Natives heads as reward for anyone who brought in a native scalp from a dead Indian. ( no, Indians did not start scalping.) If was a means of proof of a dead Indian by the white governments, plus other reasons for it by other cultures. Indians have been steriotyped as being the originators & sole users of this act. NOT TRUE. Please red the writeup below on this subject.