Boarding School Apology Initiative
Send a Letter to the White House
(download letter and instructions in pdf format)
This letter may be sent through the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/
It may also be mailed through the post office to:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Be sure you place your name at the bottom of the letter.
IMPORTANT: After sending, please send an e mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number. In the subject line place these words: White House Letter Sent. This will help us keep track of the number of letters urging the Apology to become public. Thank you!
Dear Mr. President,
I, the undersigned, call upon you to formally apologize on behalf of the US Federal Government and the People of this Great Nation for the widespread abuse of Native American children at the nearly 500 schools funded by the US government to assimilate Native American people.
There is a growing body of evidence that the traumas experienced by Native American children at the schools is largely responsible for the alarming levels of suicides, substance abuse, domestic violence and child sexual abuse in Native American communities today.
I ask you to join the leaders of Canada and Australia by apologizing to First Nations people here for what was allowed to happen to children at the boarding schools, and for the scars of hurt and pain that it left on generations of Native American people.
I seek this apology not to go after monetary reparations from the government, but to promote a collective healing of all Americans for this tragic chapter in our nation's history.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.