Indian Boarding School Cemeteries and Missing Children

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT

Presenters: Heather Whiteman Runs Him (Absaalooke), Marsha Small (Tsitsistas), Lauren Peters (Aleut), Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe)

On June 14, 2021, the Army War College will honor the request of Rosebud Lakota and Aleut family members for what will be the fourth disinterment and repatriation of students from the Carlisle Barracks Post Cemetery at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Join us on May 26th for a panel discussion regarding the intersections between Indian boarding school cemeteries, the UN filing on missing children, and the call to form a federal Truth and Healing Commission on Indian boarding schools. The panel includes Heather Whiteman Runs Him (Absaalooke), Marsha Small (Tsistsistas), and Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe)—all of whom filed and provided testimony to the United Nations on missing children of Indian Boarding Schools. Joining them will also be Lauren Peters (Aleut) who has been coordinating with the Department of Defense for this summer’s disinterment at Carlisle.

Carlisle Cemetary

The NABS 2021 Webinar Series is offered free of charge.
However, donations are welcome. The suggested donation is $10.


Beyond Historical Trauma: Indigenous Traditions Lead The Pathway to Resilience and Healing

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

Presenter: Nancy Bordeaux, President/Founder, Tawacin Tanka

Healing the whole person, families, and Indigenous communities can happen whether you are a boarding school survivor or you have experienced trauma in other ways. What has been broken can be healed, what has been disconnected can be reconnected.

Nancy Bordeaux

Nancy Bordeaux is Lakota from the Oceti Sakowin Tribe. She was born and raised in Rosebud, South Dakota. Nancy has worked in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota area for 20 years in Indian Child Welfare as a Tribal Liaison and as a Program Director for Domestic Violence and Sexual. Currently Nancy works in partnership with the Nonprofits in the Twin Cities metropolitan area as a consultant, in historical-intergenerational trauma education, intervention, recovery and healing for nonprofits and state programs and community members. Nancy’s approach to her work is through her Lakota traditions and knowledge. Nancy’s traditional practices inform her current work today through transference of information, knowledge, and concepts to enhance her work.

#TruthAndHealing: The Movement and the Commission

March 31, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Presenter: Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), CEO, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Join NABS CEO, Christine Diindiisi McCleave, as we kick-off this year’s webinar series titled, “Boarding School Healing: Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit.” During this first webinar Christine will offer a comprehensive overview of NABS’s work, and will examine how we are growing into a new era of Truth, Healing, and Justice. This holistic session will also offer insights into the development and organizing behind an Indian Boarding School Truth and Healing Commission in the United States and how you can support and be a part of the Truth and Healing Movement.

Christine McCleave

Christine Diindiisi McCleave, enrolled Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe and CEO for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, was the Coalition’s first employee and has grown the organization since 2015. McCleave is a descendant of boarding school survivors. She completed her Master of Arts in Leadership thesis on Native American spirituality and Christianity, including the legacy of Indian boarding schools on spirituality today. McCleave also has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.