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The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous People
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The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous People

Author Rory Taylor explains how the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border policy and family separation policy, which impact indigenous people from Central and South America, is creating a crisis Native communities in the United States know all too well.

My first thought listening to the audio of children in detention, newly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on crossing the border without U.S.-sanctioned documentation, was the horrific irony of what was happening.

My father and I, along with the rest of our family, are both members of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Hearing those small, wailing voices, I thought of my grandparents: taken from their homes as children, and put in Native boarding schools. If this had been 1938 instead of 2018, those children could have been my own family.

The above excerpt was originally published in Teen Vogue. Click here to view the full article.

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Rory Taylor