- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Indian Commission is seeking to preserve the campus of a historic boarding school once used to assimilate Native American children.

KOLO-TV in Reno reports (https://bit.ly/1W9xWcx) about 150 people toured Stewart Indian School on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for preservation efforts.

The federal government opened the off-reservation school in 1890 and closed it in 1980.

Commission officials say more than 33,000 students came through the school in that 90-year span.

Commission executive director Sherry Rupert says students were forced to speak only English and forbidden from practicing any tribal traditions or ceremonies.

Rupert says the commission wants to turn the property into a cultural center where people can learn valuable history.

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Information from: KOLO-TV, https://www.kolotv.com

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