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.
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