ONLINE FILM SCREENING & PANEL Discussion on the U.S. Indian Boarding Schools (2286)

Wednesday: July 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online program

$60.00 Per household (10% off for Members)

This two part class takes a deep dive into the history and legacy of the boarding schools that were established in the U.S. as part of a federal effort to forcibly remove and assimilate Native American children and youth away from their land base, families and culture. In part one, participants will watch the award winning documentary film, "Home From School: The Children of Carlisle". In part two, participants will join an online panel to discuss the film and ongoing efforts to repatriate Native Americans that died at the federal boarding schools. Panelist include: "Home From School's" Associate Producer and Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, Jordan Dresser, with two experts from the Smithsonian Institute, Terry Snowball and Dr. Dorothy Lippert, and moderated by "Home From School's" Director, Geoffrey O'Gara. 

The class consists of watching the film, which will be sent two weeks before the panel, and the two-hour discussion on July 27th at 6 p.m. EDT Online

About "Home From School: The Children of Carlisle"


"Kill the Indian in him, and save the man" was the guiding principle of the U.S. government-run Indian Boarding School program starting in the late 19th Century. The program removed tens of thousands of Native American children from their tribal homelands, and through brutal assimilation tactics, stripped them of their languages, traditions and culture. The students were forced through a military-style, remedial education. Most children returned emotionally scarred, culturally unrooted with trauma that has echoed down the generations. Many students never returned home, having died at the schools. The film dives into history of the flagship federal boarding school, Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and follows the modern-day journey of the Northern Arapaho Tribe as they seek to bring home the remains of three children who died at Carlisle over 100 years ago. 

Released in 2021, "Home From School" has been honored with official selections at 18 film festivals and received Best Feature Documentary awards at 6.  In November 2021, "Home From School" had its national broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens. In 2022 it was awarded Outstanding Documentary at the Western Heritage Awards and nominated for a 2022 Heartland EMMY in their Best Documentary Cultural Program category. The film is a co-production of Caldera Productions and Vision Maker Media. For more information about the film: 

Caldera Productions

Produced by Vision Maker Media (VMM):

They are the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans for 46 years. VMM brings Indigenous storytelling to your home through community-based digital events, social media feeds and online film programs. They nurture the next generation of storytellers through partnerships with sustainable Native youth media training programs and provide Native filmmakers with professional workshops, funding, internships and mentorship programs.

This class is recommended for anyone ages 15 and up, and is price per household so anyone on one screen can participate and continue the conversation afterwards.

Required Viewing Before Discussion:

HOME FROM SCHOOL: The Children of Carlisle (Link will be sent out two weeks before the Panel)

Additional Resources: 

They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School Lomawaima, K Tsianina (9780803279575) 



Jordan Dresser is currently the Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. He is "Home From School's" Associate Producer and a key member of the film team who worked with the Northern Arapaho the Carlisle delegations to repatriate their children. Jordan has a BA in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. Later he served at the Collections Manager at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office working closely on tribal repatriation efforts. For the last 10 years Jordan has helped produced a variety of documentary film projects including “Lived History: the Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum” (2016, Wyoming PBS/Alpheus Media) and "What Was Ours" (2016, Alpheus Media/ITVS) about Wind River residents seeking to retrieve artifacts from the Field Museum in Chicago, IL. In Fall 2022, Jordan will be making his directorial debut with a new Caldera Productions film, "Who She Is", about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Wyoming.

Dr. Dorothy Lippert (Choctaw), Supervisory Archeologist/Repatriation Researcher, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). She is also an author and essayist and has been published in anthologies and journals.

Terry Snowball (Prairie Band Potawatomi/WI Ho-Chunk), during his tenure at his current position at National Museum of the American Indian, he has worked to repatriate the remains of 14 individuals and thousands of funerary items to the culturally-appropriate groups. In contrast to the Native American Graves Repatriation Act of 1990, Snowball works not just with federally recognized tribes but unrecognized and international tribes as well. Snowball is a senior non-resident fellow at the Harvard Divinity School's Study of World Religions and is a representative at the World Archeological Conference.


Geoffrey O’Gara is "Home From School's" writer, director and producer. He is the President of Caldera Productions, a Wyoming-based independent documentary film company. His productions have won a variety of awards, including a Heartland EMMY nominations for "The State of Equality" (2019), SPUR Award for best nonfiction from the Western Writers of America for "The Drift: An American Cattle Drive (2018) and Heartland EMMYs for best documentary feature “Will Rogers & American Politics” (2011), the National Educational Television Association (NETA) top prize for documentary “Alan K. Simpson: Nothing Else Matters” (2012), and NETA’s first place award for public affairs series “Capitol Outlook” (2010). Geoffrey is also the author of several books, one of which, “What You See in Clear Water” (Knopf), is about the Wind River Indian Reservation.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School (North American Indian Prose Award) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803279575
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - August 1st, 1995