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Oregon Leaders Plan Congressional Hearings On Chemawa Indian School

Twice in nine months, at least three members of Oregon’s congressional delegation have paid a visit to a little-known school run by the federal government, in Salem. The gate to Chemawa Indian School. “The goal was to find out what the hell is going on,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader, still fuming from a tense, 75-minute discussion at Chemawa Indian School, one of just four off-reservation boarding schools in the country. Chemawa has drawn Native American teenagers to its Salem campus from all over the western U.S. since the 1880s, though its mission has changed away from its racist, assimilationist […]

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