Borders within the United States
Indian Boarding Schools and Assimilation
Post-contact Native American history is rife with borders. Periods of expansion and removal, and systems of reservations and allotment, imposed by European settlers and the U.S. government, have created physical, social, political, and cultural borders. This case study examines Indian boarding schools as cultural borderlands that tens of thousands of Native youth were forced to occupy. The goal of the case study is for students to think of borders as places where the dynamics of assimilation play out and to connect with the experience of Native youth forced to attend boarding schools.