A citizen of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians, Lajimodiere has written several award-winning books of poetry and is an expert on the history of Native American boarding schools.
Thousands of Indigenous children in Canada died in the custody of boarding schools meant to assimilate them. Communities are searching for their remains.
After discoveries of more than 1,300 bodies at Canada's residential schools, the U.S. is now facing a crucial moment of reckoning with its own history of Native American boarding schools.
The U.S. is about to undertake a national investigation into hundreds of American Indian boarding schools that operated for more than a century and served to "kill the Indian to save the man."