WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor in recognition of September 30 being a National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding School Children.
“Mr. President, I came to the floor today because this is a day of special recognition, September 30. And I am joining colleagues and many people across our country and in Canada, who are coming together on what we are calling a National Day of Remembrance, to give voice to the thousands of Native children who tragically died in Indian boarding schools across America and in Canada and to acknowledge and support the thousands of Native children who survived but are perhaps still coping with intergenerational trauma from these experiences,” said Vice Chairman Murkowski.
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Senator Murkowski also introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution, supporting the designation of September 30, 2021, as a National Day of Remembrance for the Native American children who died while attending a United States Indian boarding school, and to recognize, honor, and support the survivors of Indian boarding schools and their families. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) are also co-sponsors to the resolution. A companion House Concurrent Resolution was also introduced by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) along with Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Ed Case (D-HI), Kaiali’i Kahele (D-HI), David Joyce (R-OH), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).