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Let's Talk About the Legacy of New Mexico's Native American Boarding Schools

National Archives at Denver (NAID 292873)
Students and teacher at Albuquerque Indian School, ca. 1895

  Let’s Talk New Mexico 7/22 8am: Earlier this month, a plaque that marked the burial place of Indigenous children who died at the Albuquerque Indian School went missing. At the same time, Native American boarding schools have been in the national news after forensic technology revealed thousands of previously unknown graves of Native American children throughout the US and Canada. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll be discussing the legacy of these so-called Indian schools by looking into their racist history, as well as showing how New Mexico’s Indigenoustribes have repurposed some of the sites to fulfill positive roles in their communities’ future. 


And we want to hear from you. Did you or a family member attend one of New Mexico’s Native American boarding schools? What stories, good or bad, would you like to share? And how do you think we should memorialize the children who died at these schools, far from their families and homes? Email us at LetsTalk@KUNM.org, or call in live during the show.





Ty Bannerman has been writing about New Mexico for over a decade. He is the author of the history book Forgotten Albuquerque and his work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Eater, and the American Literary Review. While at the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque’s alternative newspaper, he served as food editor, features editor and managing editor. He co-hosts two podcasts: City on the Edge, which tells Albuquerque stories, and Anytown, USA, which virtually explores a different US county each week. He has two children and way too many dogs and chickens.
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