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They Called It Prairie Light

The Story of Chilocco Indian School

They Called It Prairie Light( )
Author: Lomawaima, K. Tsianina
Series title:North American Indian Prose Award Ser.
Publication Date:Mar 1994
Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $25.00
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Established in 1884 and operative for nearly a century, the Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma was one of a series of off-reservation boarding schools intended to assimilate American Indian children into mainstream American life. Critics have characterized the schools as destroyers of Indian communities and cultures, but the reality that K. Tsianina Lomawaima discloses was much more complex.

Lomawaima allows the Chilocco students to speak for themselves. In recollections...
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