Walz signs proclamation for a day of remembrance for those who died in U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

Governor Tim Walz has signed a proclamation naming September 30th as a Day of remembrance for the children who died while attending United States Indian Boarding Schools.

In a Tweet Walz says, “We’re committed to ensuring the ongoing impacts of these schools are not forgotten as we work toward a future that Minnesotans can be proud of.”

Between 1869 and the 1960’s Indigenous children were removed from their homes and placed into boarding schools operated by the federal government to promote assimilation.

Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan says, “Minnesota had 24 Indian boarding schools – 21 of which were directly supported by state or federal resources.”

She later states, “Today we remember the Native children – our babies – who never returned home to their loved ones from schools here in Minnesota and across the country.”