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Native American ceremony honors the lives lost during decades of boarding school neglect

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ISABELLA COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/06/14) - Eighty years ago, a Native American boarding school was closed after the deaths of an estimated 150 children.    

Friday, they held a remembrance ceremony to honor the lives lost.

Use of the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School took place many years ago between 1879 and 1934.    

Native American children were removed from their homes and forced to attend with a goal of stripping away their culture.  
 
They were punished for speaking their native language and practicing their own traditions. Many of them were abused and killed.   
     
The goal now is to reshape the future by focusing on the positive.        

ABC12 will bring you a full-length special report on that effort next week.
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