ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Councilors pledged to honor the Native American children buried at an Albuquerque park. 4H Park served as a cemetery for the former Albuquerque Indian Boarding School students. The issue came up when a plaque went missing from the park.
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The school sought to assimilate Indigenous youth from 1882 to 1933. When the plaque disappeared, advocates called on the city to do more than just replace it. “The city really should undertake the investigation for the loss of human life, and the lasting consequences of Indian boarding schools,” said Dawn Begay, coordinator for Native American Affairs.
Monday night, city councilors agreed, voting to work with tribal groups on ways to acknowledge the historical trauma and honor the students. One suggestion has been to close the park for recreation and preserve it as a sacred cemetery site.