Portrait of Otoe man, (George) Arkeketah, Head Chief. Part of Siouan (Sioux) and Otoe Tribes.
Indian Woman from Michigan
French antique 1800's cart
Opened in 1893, the Tomah Indian Industrial School was intended to teach Indian children how to shed their cultural background and to become more like white, middle-class Americans. Funded primarily by the federal government, Indian boarding schools were established throughout the United States in an attempt to acculturate Indians to "American" ways of thinking and living. Only by removing Indian children from their homes for extended periods of time, could white "civilization" take root and…