When settlers arrived in North Dakota, chances are their native language was all they knew. Soon rural and urban schools were established. As the educational system developed, children were required to read and write in English and were forbidden to use their native language in the classroom, whether it be German, Norwegian or Hidatsa. The reservation system included the institution of Indian boarding schools, which removed native children from their families and forced them to abandon their language, religion, clothing, and entire way of life to be assimilated into "civilized" society.
Finding Aids on Education in North Dakota:
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