In this session, Dr. Jacob Jurss guides us through an overview of the intricate history of forced assimilation and genocidal policies, spanning from the early 20th century to the present day. Topics encompass the painful legacy of boarding schools, the trauma of family separations, the influence of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the urgent concerns surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the ongoing efforts of tribes to maintain their cultural identity, sovereignty, and traditions in the face of historical and contemporary challenges.

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