Sherman Institute: Boarding School

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Sherman Institute opened its doors in 1902, a century and a half before the birth of Lorene Sisquoc. An off-reservation government boarding school for Indian children, Sherman Institute aimed to rid young American Indians of their languages and cultures. Following the lead of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Supervisor of Indian Schools Estelle Reel, founding Sherman Superintendent Harwood Hall and his staff crafted a curriculum rooted in low expectations for Indian students. Industrial, agricultural, and vocational classes prepared students for lives of domestic service and menial labor. The daily rhythms of non-reservation boarding schools proved to be a shock for many young Indians. Students lived according to a tightly regimented, military-like
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