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Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories.

Survivors of Indian Boarding Schools Tell Their Stories

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Film Producers (and twin sisters) Kay McGowan & Fay Givens.

http://ipraudio.interlochen.org/BoardingSchoolMemories.mp3

Starting in the late 19th century, tens of thousands of Native American children were taken from their reservations to Indian Boarding Schools.   The goal was to assimilate Native Americans by replacing their traditional ways with those of the majority of Americans. 

In a new documentary, called "The Indian Schools, the Survivors' Story," Native Americans in Michigan tell their memories of the boarding schools.  For most of them, the experience was painful and humiliating.

Play the audio above to hear this story.