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Author Burich, Keith R.,
Title The Thomas Indian School and the "irredeemable" children of New York / Keith R. Burich.
Imprint Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, [2016]
Edition First edition.

Author Burich, Keith R.,
Series The Iroquois and their neighbors.
Iroquois and their neighbors.
Subject Thomas Indian School (Iroquois, N.Y.)
Off-reservation boarding schools -- New York (State) -- History.
Indian students -- New York (State) -- History.
Iroquois Indians -- Education -- History.
Iroquois Indians -- Cultural assimilation -- New York (State)
Indian children -- Abuse of -- New York (State) -- History.
Iroquois children -- New York (State) -- Social conditions.
Indians of North America -- Education -- New York (State) -- Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.
Indians of North America -- Cultural assimilation -- New York (State)
Cattaraugus Indian Reservation (N.Y.) -- History.
Description xvii, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-178) and index.
Contents "An overwhelming majority of the Indians are poor, even extremely poor" -- "Things fall apart" -- Conceived in hope, born of despair -- "Crippled, defective, and Indian children" -- "Up to this day, I ain't nothing" -- "No place to go" -- "Everyone has forgotten me though I'm gonna die."
Summary "The story of the Thomas Indian School is the story of the Iroquois people and the suffering and despair of the children who found themselves trapped in an institution from which there was little chance for escape. Although the school began as a refuge for children, it also served as a mechanism for "civilizing" and converting native children to Christianity. As the school's population swelled and financial support dried up, the founders were forced to turn the school over to the state of New York. Under the State Board of Charities, children were subjected to prejudice, poor treatment, and long-term institutionalization, resulting in alienation from their families and cultures. In this harrowing yet essential book, Burich offers new and important insights into the role and nature of boarding schools and their destructive effect on generations of indigenous populations."--Back cover.
ISBN 9780815634546 (cloth : alk. paper)
0815634544 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780815634362 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0815634366 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780815653585 (e-book)
OCLC # 928488101