This month's digital collection spotlight features the Intermountain Indian School.
In 1948 Bushnell Hospital in Brigham City, Utah was transformed into the Intermountain Indian School. The school opened in January 1950 to five hundred Navajo students. Educational goals were to teach English and basic academic disciplines as well as vocational skills that, it was believed, would facilitate assimilation into mainstream America.
In the fall of 1974 the school enrolled students from twenty-six other tribes. Tensions ran high and in February 1975 rioting erupted. After this incident, enrollment fell and the stability of the school was called into question. Moreover, the federal government reversed previous rulings regarding assimilation. The Intermountain Indian School closed on May 17, 1984.
The Intermountain Indian School collection provides access to numerous rare items such as student publications, classroom material, publicity photos, and congressional correspondence.