The public can get a glimpse of life at Stewart Indian School, 130 years after the government boarding school opened in Carson City, Nev., and 40 years after it was closed with the opening of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum.
First opened in 1890, Stewart Indian School was operated by the federal government for 90 years before it closed in 1980. Stewart and other boarding schools across the nation were initially set up to forcefully educate Native American children in the late 1800s. This assimilation policy affected thousands of Native students not only from the Great Basin tribal nations, but more than 200 tribes over the school’s 90-year history. Their stories are shared in the “Our Home, Our Relations” permanent exhibit.
Other features include the Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery for contemporary Great Basin Native art, the Storytelling Room, a research room where relatives can research their family members who attended Stewart and classroom space for educational activities, lectures and public programs.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and admission is free. It is located at 5500 Snyder Avenue in Carson City, Nev. | (775) 687-7606, stewartindianschool.com