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04/16/2010

Lincoln Creek Day School, Bingham County, Idaho

[photo]Opened in 1937, the Lincoln Creek Day School was one of three day schools built on the Fort Hall (Shoshone-Bannock) Indian Reservation as a result of the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18th, 1934. Under the authority of the Reorganization Act, the Bureau of Indian Affairs closed notorious boarding schools which suppressed native language and culture and opened community-based schools, like the Lincoln Creek Day School, that were designed to respect and foster native cultures. Although they lasted only a few years, the day schools served as an important transition toward full integration of Native American children into the public school system while allowing for students to spend more time at home and for the community to be more involved with schooling.

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