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Daniella Zalcman

Photojournalist + Founder of @womenphotograph. Imperialism correspondent. Work thanks to @pulitzercenter @natgeo @theiwmf @opensocietyfoundations.

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Walking through what’s left of St. Mary’s Mission on the Colville Reservation. This former Jesuit boarding school is still structurally in decent shape, but so many of these buildings across the country are just left to rot, and are being slowly reclaimed by nature, vandalism, and time. Graduates of St. Mary’s were included in a $166M settlement in 2011 (one of the largest in the Roman Catholic church’s history) for 450 Native American and Alaska Native former students who were abused at Jesuit mission schools throughout the northwest. None of the accused priests have been charged or otherwise held legally accountable. @signsofyouridentity

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Chemawa was the second Indian Boarding School established in the United States (after Carlisle), and still operates to this day in Salem, OR. This cemetery (it’s almost impossible to identify, the small headstones are flush with the ground) is one of the only remaining parts of the original campus, which once was its own self-sufficient city, complete with a hospital, post office, dairy farm, and bakery. The cemetery holds about 200 marked graves, but a Northern Cheyenne grad student named Marsha Small used ground penetrating radar recently to discover that there were hundreds — if not thousands — more unmarked graves in the vicinity.

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A diorama at Old Mission State Park depicting Catholicism’s arrival in Idaho. While Jesuit missionaries did first come to the area at the invitation of a delegation from the Flathead + Nez Perce Reservations (in part because they associated the church with military power), local Native communities were perhaps not as quick to embrace the accompanying faith system as these clay figurines might suggest.

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America, 2019.

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The interior of the Chilocco Indian School, which operated in northern Oklahoma from 1884-1980. It was one of five off-reservation boarding schools authorized by Congress in 1882 — the others were Carlisle (PA), Haskell (KS), Chemawa (OR), and Fort Simcoe (WA). The campus is still largely intact and is now managed by 5 local tribes (the Kaw Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Pawnee Nation, Ponca Nation, and Tonkawa Tribe). In the past few years, it’s been used for federal law enforcement training, as a substance abuse rehab center, and briefly was considered for Homeland Security biochemical attack testing, though that plan was later abandoned after widespread protests. #signsofyouridentity @signsofyouridentity

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The remains of St. Mary’s Mission on the Colville Reservation. The building is slowly beginning to decay — most of the windows have been broken and the wooden doors are rotting. But the classrooms are still filled with old projectors, textbooks, past assignments, and other signs of student life. Graduates of St. Mary’s were included in a $166M settlement in 2011 (one of the largest in the Roman Catholic church’s history) for 450 Native American and Alaska Native former students who were abused at Jesuit mission schools throughout the northwest. None of the accused priests have been charged or otherwise held legally accountable. @signsofyouridentity

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This is Clarita Vargas, a member of the Colville tribe who attended St. Mary’s Mission from 1968-1974. We spoke for about two hours in a little park on the Columbia River until I realized the sun had almost disappeared and I asked if we could take a brief break so I could photograph her. I set up my backdrop and she sat for me, continuing to talk the entire time, memories spilling out of her in rapid succession while I photographed her in the pauses between stories. So — this photo feels a touch misleading, not a full representation of her energy or belly laugh or wicked sense of humor — but I’m not sure a still image could do her justice. #signsofyouridentity

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A wooden carving of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, a Jesuit priest who purportedly travelled 180,000 miles across North America establishing missions in Native territories. This particular statue resides at St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville — the first European settlement in present day Montana. @signsofyouridentity

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Up above the Grand Canyon.

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Little bits of beauty in the Arizona desert.

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Yesterday was largely a failure of logistics and planning on my part, but it did allow me to spend an hour staring, mesmerized, at this scene... so nothing is wasted. #havasupai

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