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Term: assimilation

Definition: policy of the U.S. government, ca. 1880-1930, to replace traditional Indian languages and cultures with English and American culture in order to merge Indians into mainstream society; as a Stockbridge woman recalled, "They tried to erase us." View more information, including primary sources about Indian boarding schools in Wisconsin, elsewhere at

[Source: Loew, Patty. Indian Nations of Wisconsin (Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2001).]
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