October 2, 2022

Remembrance Run raises awareness of Indigenous boarding schools

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CARSON CITY – Yerington Paiute Tribal member and cross-country runner Kutovan Stevens this past weekend led a run in memory of those who survived – and those who did not – living at the Stewart Indian School.

The school, the only boarding school of its kind in Nevada, was operated by the federal government from the 1800s through 1980.

Children as young as four were taken from Tribal lands and forced into adopting Christianity, stripped of their native languages and subjected to military-style discipline and white assimilation at federal boarding schools across the United States.

“We care about all the Native Americans, especially those who had to deal with boarding schools personally,” Stevens said after he finished a 50-mile run from Yerington to the school. “This generational trauma still affects my people today, and I want to finally give them the outlet and opportunity to heal what has been broken for so long."

He led the run from the Yerington Paiute reservation to raise awareness about the traumas endured by generations of Indigenous Americans.

Stevens was joined at the end of the run by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Walker River Paiute Tribal Chair Amber Torres, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak U.S. Olympic gold medal winner Billy Mills, each of whom appear in this video.

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