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"I Sat Down With:" My Grandmother, Who Wanted to Go to an Indian Boarding School

A woman standing on a hill outside.
Evan Smith
University of Montana
A photo of Monica taken by student Evan Smith.


“I Sat Down With...” is a series from the University of Montana Journalism School and is reported, written and produced by students.

Student Evan Smith recently sat down with his grandmother, who, at 16, convinced her parents to let her leave Polson, Montana, and attend the Flandreau Indian boarding school in South Dakota. Smith brings us Monica’s story of learning to be herself, far from home.