Nevada Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakFirst openly transgender Miss USA contestant eliminated before round of 16 Nevada lawmakers approve maps giving edge to Democrats America’s clean energy future cannot stop at state lines MORE (D) on Friday apologized for the state’s role in crimes against Native American children who went to boarding school.
Sisolak met with Native American leaders on Friday amid a federal investigation into the government’s role in the deaths of children from Native American boarding schools, Reno Gazette Journal reported.
An investigation has been launched into accusations that Nevada’s Stewart Indian School, in the past, took Native American children from their homes to assimilate them and ripped them away from their Native American roots.
“Though it was the federal government that established a policy to ‘kill the Indian to save the man,’ it was the state of Nevada that sold the bonds to fund this school, and it’s the state that now manages much of this land,” Sisolak said. “On the behalf of this state I want to make an apology.
“Acknowledging this role will not heal the pain,” he added. “However, this is the beginning, and I’m proud to be the governor to take that first step,” he added.
Sisolak said tribal leaders who are searching for unmarked graves should be allowed to use ground-penetrating radar so the graves would not be disturbed, according to the local outlet.
The investigation comes after Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron’s cloud Interior recommends imposing higher costs for public lands drilling MORE, the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary, called on the U.S. to address its history with Native American boarding schools in June.
“The lasting and profound impacts of the federal government’s boarding school system have never been appropriately addressed,” Haaland wrote. “This attempt to wipe out Native identity, language and culture continues to manifest itself in the disparities our communities face, including long-standing intergenerational trauma, cycles of violence and abuse, disappearance,