The experiences of Round Valley Indian children at the Sherman Indian Institute boarding school between 1900 and 1945 illuminate the centrality of the family to the school's program and to the parents' and students' decisions regarding enrollment. While school administrators strove to inculcate Victorian family values in the students and privileged vocational training over families' economic welfare, Indian families utilized the school to obtain education and vocational skills for their children and to retain kinship networks. Indian youths prioritized family bonds in their decisions to attend or leave the school. They sometimes met future spouses at the school and formed new families. The study deepens our understanding of Native American family life in this period.
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