Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools

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Tim Giago, who spent his childhood at one of these schools, examines the unholy alliance between church and state that tried to destroy generations of Indian children.

 

Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools is a must read. Tim Giago, who spent his childhood at one of these schools, examines the unholy alliance between church and state that tried to destroy the culture and spirituality of generations of Indian children.

“Provacotive, riveting, chilling, persuasive, and original, this book leaves the reader overwhelmed. Describing almost inexpressible cruelties and triumphs, Giago pulls us into the boarding school experience. He challenges Indian Country to co-exist with the truth of what actually happened at these schools. Only then can we heal and avoid acquiescence to a system that has crushed so many souls.

The poetry in Children Left Behind was originally published in 1978 as The Aboriginal Sin, as a way to express Giago’s feelings about and document his experience at Holy Rosary Indian Mission, a Catholic Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Over his years as a journalist, Giago wrote newspaper columns about  Indian Country and reflected on his experience. Children Left Behind is a collection of intimate reflections woven together with historic photos and drawings by his daughter Denise Giago. Tim Giago is the founder of Lakota Journal which became Indian Country Today in 1998. He served as its editor and publisher until his retirement in 2004.

 

Author: Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)

Illustrations: Black and white photos and illustrations by Denise Giago

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2006

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota, Various tribes