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Phoenix, Arizona
Exhibiting the American Indian Boarding School Experience
An image from the Remembering Our Indian School Days exhibition at the Heard Museum shows children entering a boarding school designed to assimilate Native Americans. Image courtesy of the Heard Museum.

In 2000, the Heard Museum opened with NEH support what has since become its most visited and thematically powerful exhibition, Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience. It was the first major exhibition to explore the complex history of the forced education and assimilation of American Indian children in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and was conceived as a 5-year installation that would place archival materials, works of art, video, and audio together in an immersive environment.

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