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Stolen Spirits

2022

Stolen Spirits is a story from Australia's ABC Foreign Correspondent program about residential schools for Native Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Similar to the residential schools program in Canada, the intention was forced assimilation of First Nations peoples, and the estimate is 80% of Indigenous children were enrolled in the network of schools by 1926.

The discovery of thousands of graves at the sites of these schools in Canada has prompted concern about the possibility of mass graves on the sites of American schools too.

ABC journalist Stan Grant, tells the story of one such school, Genoa, in Nebraska.