U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other federal officials are expected to announce steps Tuesday that the federal government plans to take to reconcile the troubled legacy of boarding school policies on Indigenous families and communities.
The recent discovery of children’s remains, buried at the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school, has rekindled interest in that legacy — both in Canada and the United States.
The first Native American to serve as a Cabinet Secretary, Haaland, is scheduled to outline a path forward while addressing members of the National Congress of American Indians during the group’s midyear conference.
Haaland has suggested that investments, planned by the Biden administration, and efforts to strengthen tribal sovereignty can help to heal the wrongs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.