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  •  Apparently, disease was the primary (14+ / 0-)

    cause of death:

    The largest single killer, by far, was disease.

    For decades starting in about 1910, tuberculosis was a consistent killer — in part because of widespread ignorance over how diseases were spread.

    "The schools were a particular breeding ground for (TB)," Maass said. "Dormitories were incubation wards."

    However, the paternalistic "care" model was most certainly motivated to "civilize" native people by compelling abandonment of traditional cultural attributes and isolated assimilation (an oxy-moron, if there ever was one) into the dominant white, christian patriarchy.

    This experience is shameful enough, but it was equally accompanied by involuntary removal of children from their families and exposing them to rampant abuse in all its highly toxic forms.

    Thanks for sharing this important information.

    •  Warehousing by race. Repugnant under any (10+ / 0-)

      circumstances.

      Disease -- caused directly by warehousing into unhealthy conditions -- was an outcome of not caring about people thought of as less than.  Less than human. Less than important.  Less than the white power culture.

      These poor children, ripped from the arms of their families, died because it just didn't matter. An appalling indictment.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:38:18 PM PST

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