Where the past presses on the present…
Home From School: The Children of Carlisle dives into a dark chapter in American history. Our hope is that the film inspires viewers to acknowledge this history that we are all a part of and learn and act from it.
WATCH l LEARN l DISCUSS
Before watching the film take a moment to download our Film Discussion Guide and Event Tool Kit and think about ways to enrichen your viewing experience. This tool kit provides more history and context for the issues discussed in the film as well as a full discussion and event guide great for event planners. This guide was made possible by a generous grant from Wyoming Humanities.
Use Home From School in your classroom with these Native-educator developed lesson plans and video clips. Designed for middle and high school learners and matched to Wyoming Indian Education For All standards as well as National Social Studies History standards.
- Middle School Lesson Plans
- High School Lesson Plans
- Video Clip 1
- Video Clip 2
- Video Clip 3
- Video Clip 4
Primary Source Documents:
These education materials were developed thanks to the National Indian Education Association and Wyoming Humanities
Truth & Healing Commission
As the national dialogue around historical injustices of BIPOC communities continues, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Representatives and Senators introduced the Truth and Healing Commission to recognize the consequences of the federal Indian boarding school program. The bill was introduced in the fall of 2020 and would model similar truth and reconciliation commissions in Canada and South Africa. Consider writing your U.S. Representative and encouraging them to become a co-sponsor of the bill and/or pressure them to move this commission forward.
Indian Boarding School History & Resources
- Dickinson College’s Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center
- National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
- BROKEN PROMISES: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall For Native Americans
- 2018 U.S Commission on Civil Rights Report
Since the historic repatriations documented in Home From School, other Tribes around the country have followed the Northern Arapaho lead and have petitioned Carlisle and other federally run boarding schools for remains of their children. We hope the film inspires more ancestral and artifact repatriations back into Native hands. Learn more about the National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices that help make these repatriations possible.