While President Trump's new policy of forcibly separating immigrant parents and their children continues to roil the nation, it's worth looking back an another time the government actively split-up families. Beginning in the late 19th century—and continuing in some cases until the 1970s—Native American children were frequently required to attend federal boarding schools far away from their families and homes. At a time when the government was still at war with some tribes and hoping to pacify future generations of Native Americans, the aim of the boarding schools program was a dark one: to force the children to abandon their native culture and language and "assimilate." (Above: Girls from the Omaha tribe who were sent to the Carlisle School in Pennsylvania. The Omaha tribe was centered in the Midwest, in an area that's now Nebraska and Iowa.)Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images LESSON PLAN Historical/Corbis via Getty Images PLAY TIME
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