- What are boarding schools? Who developed them? Why were they used?
- Who is Captain Pratt?
- What role does Carlisle Boarding School play in history?
- How did Captain Pratt’s quote, “Kill the Indian, save the man” impact how boarding schools were run?
- At what age did most children leave to attend boarding schools?
- Why were many children unable to return home during the summers?
- How did the experiences of boarding schools impact children in negative ways? Positive ways?
- Why did many who attended boarding schools forget their language and cultural identity?
- How did the disbanding of tribal chiefs in the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act impact communities?
- Why was assimilation so important to the federal government?
- In what ways were attempts to assimilate the native people accomplished? Unsuccessful?
- Did I ever go away from home for a period of time as a child? What was the experience like for me? How old was I when I had this experience?
- Did my experience in school allow me to share my true identity? Were there ever things I felt the need to hide about myself to fit in?
- How has my own education impacted me in positive ways? Negative ways?
- Have I ever felt more distant from or less connected to my family after being away from them or learning about new things? How do I deal with that distance?
- Are there things about me that feel assimilated? Why or why not?