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Home economics class, Indian Training School

Home economics class, Indian Training School

The Pipestone Indian School opened in 1892, one of many boarding schools opened throughout the United States as a method of assimilating American Indians into white culture. Schools, operated by the federal government and religious groups, removed Indian children from their families and cut their ties to native culture, language, spirituality, and traditions. Children often spent half of their school day in the classroom, and the other half learning vocations. For boys, vocational teaching was often in farming, carpentry, and masonry. For girls, it was cooking, baking and nursing. The Pipestone Indian School closed in 1953.

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