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Indian boarding school info

I was shocked to learn that my ggrandma's sister was enrolled in an Indian boarding school in Salem, Oregon (1910) and sent for the papers from the archives. In the file, my gg grandma said that her husband's mother was Indian. No specific names or proof. No tribe was mentioned as he didn't fill out the papers (they were divorced). Now everyone was held in bondage before the war. GGrandpa was from Virginia, so which tribe its hard to say. It was just a series of sworn statements witnessed by her boss at the Elks Club.
What I'm wondering is if this was just a way to get schooling in Oregon at that time due to the segregation? Now maybe I'm stretching things, but maybe passing for Indian to get an education? Later in the census Genevieve self identifies as "colored". So I just wonder..
Some of us do have "Indian" features (noses, hair). When I saw a snapshot of this relative I thought she did look part Indian.
Anyone have any thoughts about this? I'd be mighty grateful for some input.
I guess there's some things a person won't ever know, just wondered if anyone had heard of the boarding school situations?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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