Life And Death At Chemawa Indian School

Three students came from three different tribes to attend Chemawa Indian School. Now, their mothers are still struggling to understand how their children’s futures fell apart — and what role the federally run boarding school played.

What's A Chemawa Diploma Really Worth?

Any high school–aged member of a federally recognized Indian tribe is eligible for a free education at Chemawa Indian School, room and board included. But the Salem boarding school has struggled to meet students' academic needs. 

Former Chemawa Staff Say Concerns Were Met With Retaliation, Bullying

Former staff and students describe Chemawa as a place where concerns over education and the treatment of students and staff persist because attempts to expose problems are met with retaliation.

Part 4: A Federal School With Family Ties (Nov. 20)

Part 5: Behind The Fence, Chemawa’s Culture Of Secrecy (Nov. 27)

About Chemawa Indian School

Chemawa is supposed to offer an academic home preparing students for college or careers in a safe and stable place. But an OPB investigation found the school is breaking its promise.

Series Contributors

Rob Manning

Reporter and Producer

Tony Schick

Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

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