Title of essay: The New Indian History Book title: Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

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The New Indian HistoryThe Reservation Boarding School System in the United States existed during 1870 -1928. The European settlers experienced enemy feelings from the Native Indians. After all the wars stopped the Reservation Boarding School System was a war which could give a war in disguise. It was a war between the United States government and the children of the First People of this land. Its intention was that of any war, elimination of European settlers what they wanted to achieve in order to change what native American identity was. The psychology of European settlers was of thinking themselves as having a divine right to take possession of land and to avoid any future threats that any other identity could impose. The Reservation Boarding school system was for Native Indian children to make them what European settlers wanted them to be rather than what they were or could be in future.

All the historical documents that has been used to describe this era told pretty much one sided story. The story of accepting this school system and appreciating by the Indian parents at that time. Brenda Child, in her book, "Boarding School Seasons," explores the Boarding school era from a different perspective. Perspective that does show a new American Indian History. A history that tells feelings and emotions of the students, their parents and of Indian community as a whole during that period ( Child, pg. xiii).

The school system was to make American Indian students be what European settlers wanted them to be. To be them more like a white man but still staying and feeling inferior. The intentions were clear to the European settlers in order to what they wanted these students to be, which were not to stay Indians, losing their pride of being Indians, losing...