They called it prairie light the story of chilocco indian school north american indian prose award k tsianina lomawaima on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers established in 1884 and operative for nearly a century the chilocco indian school in oklahoma was one of a series of off reservation boarding schools intended to assimilate american indian children into mainstream . They called it prairie light the story of chilocco indian school north american indian prose award the unheard story of david and goliath . She is the author of they called it prairie light the story of the chilocco indian school coauthor of to remain an indian lessons in democracy from a century of native american education and coeditor of away from home american indian boarding school experiences 1879 2000. Just across the state line from arkansas city kansas in north central oklahoma stand the abandoned buildings of chilocco indian school among the best known examples of the federal governments experiment in educating indian children in off reservation boarding schools the school opened in january 1884 with about 150 pupils from 17 tribes. The evocative chapter titles cover the gamut of the boarding school experience expressed in lomawaimas interviews they called it prairie light the finest school on earth i could always plow a pretty straight line youre a woman youre going to be a wife you dizzy bastard get in step hm
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