Deborah Parker, CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and a citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, said subpoena power is “absolutely necessary.” “It’s why we worked with this bill to make sure that this information comes to the boarding school survivors and their families, and tribal nations and organizations who work for the healing and the truth of the Indian boarding school experience,” she said. Obernolte, however, doubled down on his contention that the use of subpoenas would make the process adversarial. Reps. Cole and Davids have stressed that the purpose of the bill is not to elicit conflict. Instead, they say, it’s to provide answers for the individuals, families and communities affected by federally funded Native boarding schools. “There are people that don’t like the stories, and they’re not going to want to willingly share,” Barnes said in an interview after his testimony. “And that subpoena power helps grease the wheels and helps get that information where it needs to be, so those tribal communities can discover the truth of what happened to our kids.”
"It has taken generations for us to get to this point of public truth and accountability." -Deborah Parker, @NABSHC— Natural Resources Committee (@NRDems) May 12, 2022
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Even though subpoena authority has become a partisan issue, Barnes remains hopeful that the bill will be passed during the current congressional session. “I don’t want to wait one more year, one more week, not one more day,” he said. “I think the time to insist upon the answers is now. So, I have to believe this is the time, this is the one, this is the year.” Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more stories from Cronkite News, visit cronkitenews.azpbs.org.
Summit for Tribal Nations to discuss Boarding Schools, survivors, & human rights violations against our people. "Breaking the Silence" is a day-long summit hosted by @uinokt ,@saawanooki & @NABSHC. @ShawneeMission #Truth #Healing #Reconciliation https://t.co/KMDGjbuccP pic.twitter.com/N7IrlSSHrz— Chief Ben Barnes (@ChiefBarnes) June 8, 2022
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