The Phoenix Indian School: Forced Assimilation in Arizona, Robert A. Trennert The Phoenix Indian Industrial Boarding School was founded for the specific purpose of preparing Native American children for assimilation. During its first forty years, the main goal was to remove Indian youngsters from their traditional environment, obliterate their cultural heritage, and replace that background with the values of white middle-class America.
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And now the school itself has been closed for so long sincememories of it are hazy. I am interested in Phoenix history, and I am interested in learning. And to me, the saddest thing is to see precious history get lost forever. My motto is "don't throw it in the trash!
And maybe we shouldn't dwell on certain things, like the fact that Indian people were forced to attend a United States Indian School beginning inor that fact that people have done some pretty shameful things, perhaps with best intentions, perhaps not. I post photos on the internet of old photos of Phoenix, Arizona.
And have to admit that I was reluctant to post images of the Phoenix Indian School. It seems to bring out what I call "all of the convictions of the uninformed", which can be a terrible thing to see, especially if you care, like I do, for the truth.
But I am getting braver.
Learn about the early history of Phoenix and how the city sprung from the remnants of the ancient Hohokam. The north-south streets originally carried Indian names, but these were changed in favor of the more easily remembered numbers - with streets being to the east of Central Avenue and avenues to the west. Phoenix's first school. Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Bank of America, Intel Corporation, Mr. & Mrs. William Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lynn and the Roger S. Firestone Foundation. The Phoenix Indian School, or Phoenix Indian High School in its later years, was a Bureau of Indian Affairs-operated school in Encanto Village, in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. It served lower grades also from to , and then served as a high school thereafter.
I am seeing encouragement from people who must be a little bit like me. People who aren't looking to start an argument, people who just want to learn, and preserve. And yesterday I got an email that underlines everything that I have been thinking about - memories of the Indian School.
I had never seen anything like this, and I would like to believe that there are more people who do have good memories, and would be willing to share. My father taught English there before transferring to an Indian School in Oklahoma. Do you know of any old timers who might be able to answer some questions for me?
My questions concern Indian School people and happenings in the time frame. I remember that living there was a very happy time of my childhood. My mother helped some of the budding artists with their work. I well remember the beauty of the campus. I am hoping you can direct me to someone who wants to discuss the old days on the campus of the School.
I wrote back to this person and said that I would ask around. If you do have good memories of the Phoenix Indian School, and would like to share, please do so.
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Discounts for seniors, students, teachers, and veterans."Phoenix Indian School played an important role in the history of our city, our state and our nation, so we must do all we can to preserve that legacy," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a press. The History of Steele Indian School Park In , the Federal Government purchased acres of farmland from a local landowner for $9, Federal officials opened the Phoenix Indian School one year later.
The history of Phoenix, Arizona, goes back millennia, beginning with nomadic paleo-Indians who existed in the Americas in general, and the Salt River Valley in particular, about 9, years ago until about 6, BC.
Mammoths were the primary prey of hunters.
Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Bank of America, Intel Corporation, Mr.
& Mrs. William Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lynn and the Roger S. Firestone Foundation. Historic Phoenix Indian School building to reopen as cultural center PHOENIX -- A new cultural center at a city park will highlight the mixed legacy of .
Phoenix Indian School was closed in , and today little remains of the federal boarding-school system.
In the on-reservation schools, tribal identity is recognized as important and aspects of reinforcing that identity are part of the curricula.