General Assembly to Honor Presbytery’s Historic Native School

We are excited to announce that General Assembly will be celebrating our historic Peobody Indian Industrial School. This school was started in 1888 to help the indigenous population “make it in America” according to its founding Sunday School teacher Eleonor Peobody.

The Peobody endured controversy over the past few years when some factions from the Presbytery attempted to pass “apologies” to native peoples for the school’s “attempts at enculturation and americanization.” Yet, they were soundly defeated. Most people agreed with Elder Ted Sally when he argued, “those bad things happened so long ago. We didn’t do them. Why should we apologize for anything that we didn’t do.”

Recently the presbytery had the school preform on its annual diversity Presbytery meeting. Francis Wolverton praised them saying, “Every year we have built in diversity by bring these kids in to preform for us. I am so proud to be a part of this Presbytery.”

We are proud of the Peobody Indian Industrial School.

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