Monica Atlookan

Scholar: Monica Atlookan

Monica Atlookan

Major: Social Work

Faculty Mentors: Jill Manit; Dr. Mary Hylton

Research Topic: "Stewart Indian School: An Oral History"

Abstract: In December of 1890, through an assimilation policy to "kill the Indian and save the man," Stewart Indian School, an off-reservation boarding school, became a home away from home for many American Indian children. Located in Carson City Nevada, Stewart Indian School is no longer in operation, however, the memories of the time spent at Stewart remain deeply rooted in the hearts and minds of many alumni today.

The purpose of this Oral History project is to document and record the personal experiences of former students who attended Stewart Indian School for either some or all of their elementary and high school education. A brief summary of the history of boarding schools and American Indians is discussed to provide a historical context for Stewart.

It is also the purpose of this project to allow the voices of the alumni to be heard and to allow the story of Stewart to be told from the perspective of its alumni. In addition, the stories collected and recorded for this project will be given to the Stewart Indian Cultural Center in order to preserve the oral history, and it will provide a safe place for the stories of many American Indian alumni of Stewart to share their story with the rest of the world.

New Scholar: Fall 2008

Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: May 2010

Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Accepted into the University of Nevada, Reno masters program in Social Work, Fall 2010. Graduated spring 2011.