UM to host symposium on Indigenous boarding schools

A pedestrian passes in front of the Payne Family Native American Center on the University of Montana campus last week. The building houses the Department of Native American Studies and American Indian Student Services.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

The University of Montana on Sept. 30 is hosting a symposium for Montana educators on Indigenous boarding schools. The event aims to equip teachers with skills to address the ongoing effects of historical trauma in Native communities.

The symposium, “Boarding Schools: Remembering Our Resiliency and Shared Knowledge for Trauma-Informed Learning,” will be a hybrid event, meaning speakers and attendees may participate virtually or in-person. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature keynote speakers Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, director of Native American Disparities Research at the University of New Mexico, and her collaborator Deidre Longhair. Educators who attend can earn continuing education credits.

Marsha Small poses for a portrait at Montana State University in Bozeman.

RYAN BERRY, Billings Gazette

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