On Monday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 25 to February 15, people from across the partnership will gather online to discuss “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” a book that examines the history of the school that the State of New York operated on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation from 1875 to 1957, and some of the history of Indigenous people in our region. “Although the school was in New York, the history presented in the book extends beyond state boundaries and offers insight on systemic issues,” says Canon Twila Smith, who will lead the discussion.
The book is available in print and e-book formats. To prepare for the disusssion, participants can watch the PBS documentary Dawnland, about the removal of Native American children from their families. The documentary was featured in the partnership’s Sacred Ground course, which was the inspiration for the book study. To learn more and sign up, email Canon Smith.