Acknowledging the trauma of Indian boarding schools

Monday, September 6, 2021

FLC's clocktower as seen in the spring

Please join us on Monday, September 6th, for the ceremonial removal of the Fort Lewis College Indian Boarding School panels that are currently in our Clocktower. We are removing these panels since they are an inaccurate and disrespectful depiction of the Indian Boarding School era and experience. By removing them, we are acknowledging the trauma that was invoked by that experience. Our hope is that the healing process will begin for everyone affiliated with Fort Lewis College.

Please note that no video or audio recording will be permitted at the ceremony. 


10 a.m.

10:05 a.m.
Land acknowledgment, Hozhoni Ambassadors

10:10 a.m.
Blessing, Native Elder

10:20 a.m.
Remarks, FLC President

10:30 a.m.
Remarks, Tribal Leaders

11 a.m.
Removal of Panels, Mourning Song by Skyhawk Nation; upon removal, Victory Song by Skyhawk Nation

11:15 a.m.
Cleansing Ceremony, Native Elder

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks, Board of Trustees

11:45 a.m.
Food and Drink