Its few Native American students came from New England, at a time when higher education was very limited for all classes and colleges were more similar to today's high schools.
Follow then our example, brethren, and we will aid you with great pleasure ... Andrew White of the Society of Jesus established a mission in what is now the state of Maryland, and the purpose of the mission, stated through an interpreter to the chief of a Native American tribe there, was "to extend civilization and instruction to his ignorant race, and show them the way to heaven." including the daughter of the Pascatoe chief Tayac.
This was either a school for girls, or an early co-ed school.
The diversity among boarding school students in terms of age, personality, family situation, and cultural background created a range of experiences, attitudes, and responses.
Boarding schools embodied both victimization and agency for Native people and they served as sites of both cultural loss and cultural persistence.
Be assured you will support them better and with less labor, by raising stock and bread, and by spinning and weaving clothes, than by hunting.
A little land cultivated, and a little labor, will procure more provisions than the most successful hunt; and a woman will clothe more by spinning and weaving, than a man by hunting.
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Community schools have also been supported by the federal government through the BIA and legislation. By 2007, most of the schools had been closed down and the number of Native American children in boarding schools had declined to 9,500.