HOPEtivist Matt Remle

Matt Remle of the Lakota tribe

This week, as we fill ourselves with food, family, and gratitude, we'd like to highlight and recognize the important advocacy efforts of the Lakota tribe in gaining institutional acknowledgement of the trauma inflicted through government-run Native boarding schools. 

Matt Remle, a Lakota tribe member and educator in the Marysville school district, helped draft the resolution recently adopted by the Seattle City Council. Remle believes this resolution is the first step in beginning community-wide healing. He notes that sometimes, the simple act of acknowledgment can help those hurt. Remle and Lakota tribe members hope this resolution can generate more attention and dialogue about the lingering traumatic histories of state-run boarding schools. 

Hear the full interview on KUOW.