“My dad suffered so much, and he didn’t talk about it,” Roth said. She thought of her father as she watched the film and wept afterwards.
Fond du Lac Band member Francis DeVerney of Cloquet can remember his mother talking about the era. “My mother was a product of the boarding schools,” he said. DeVerney’s grandparents had lived in boarding schools and, as a result, ended up sending their own children to foster homes. Seeing some of those experiences on the big screen made it seem more real, DeVerney said.
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