In conjunction with Native American History Month, University of Minnesota American Studies Professor Brenda J. Child will present “Boarding School Generations” at noon on Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus.
Presenter Brenda J. Child will talk about the boarding schools American Indians were sent to in the 1870s by the federal government.
Child is a professor and chair of the Department of American Studies and former Chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in History at the University of Iowa. Her first book, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (University of Nebraska, 1998), won the North American Indian Prose Award. Child is also a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian. She serves on the Repatriation Committee, the Executive Committee, and Chairs the Scholarship and Collections Committee. She is also a trustee of the Minnesota Historical Society. She was an original consultant to the exhibit, “Remembering Our Indian School Days” at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and co-author of the book that accompanied it, Away From Home (Heard, 2000). Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she is a citizen and member of a committee writing a new constitution for the nation of 11,900. She resides with her family in Saint Paul and Bemidji.
For questions on this or any other Cultural Thursday presentations, please contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at Central Lakes College (218) 855-8183.