I recently finished editing the documentary entitled, “The Cutting of the Tsiiyéél - Triumph Over Trauma” and it is now available for you to view at: https://vimeo.com/171600705. (The password is: Susie)
What’s it about? In 1879, the Indian Boarding School system was founded. Here was their stated purpose:
“...that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man . . .”
"Strip children of their culture and remove them from the influence of their families and nations.”
Pretty brutal, but not only was this the United State's policy, Canada and Australia also followed this flawed line of reasoning.
Susie Silversmith went through the often horrendous Bureau of Indian Affairs residential school system. Susie’s story will be used to help others, who went through the same system, come to grips with their experiences and find faith in God, who has given Susie eternal hope. In addition, it will help Native American young people understand what many of their parents and grandparents went through.
Please pray for God to use Susie’s story to bring hope, forgiveness, and healing to those who went through the boarding school system. May it also bring understanding to the children and grandchildren who suffered their own forms of neglect and abuse because of what their parents and grandparents went through.