Native American Warriors During World War II Essay

706 Words Aug 8th, 2016 3 Pages
After the civil war, the federal government became more involved in establishing off reservation Indian boarding schools. It was believed that by taking the children from their families and putting them in boarding schools off the reservation will assimilate the Indian children more quickly into white culture. Although the conditions were harsh for the Indian children attending these schools, one could argue that the resiliency of the American Indian was reinforced because of these conditions, from the actions of the Native American warriors during World War II to the continued presence of the Native America culture and leaders of today.
The Carlisle Indian School was created in 1879 by Captain Richard Henry Platt in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is most known for his infamous quote, “Kill the indian and save the man” which lends well to the fact that many of these schools treated the indian children notoriously while trying to convert them. The boarding school concept was to establish a “starting point” and assimilate Native Americans into the American way of life. This starting point was the children, why? Because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Many native children were forcible removed from their families and sent to these boarding schools. And once there, they were subjected to harsh living conditions and a demanding daily regime of education and work.
The boarding schools were adamant about ridding the Native children of their traditional ways and traditional…

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