The School—Prison Trust

by Sabina VaughtBryan McKinley Jones BrayboyJeremiah Chin

The School—Prison Trust describes interrelated histories, ongoing ideologies, and contemporary expressions of what the authors call the “school—prison trust”: a conquest strategy encompassing the boarding school and juvenile prison models, and deployed in the long war against Native peoples. At its heart, the book is a constellation of stories of Indigenous self-determination in the face of this ongoing conquest.

Following the stories of an incarcerated young man named Jakes, the authors consider features of school–prison relations for young Native people to ask urgent questions about Indigenous sovereignty, conquest, survivance, and refusal.

Background photo by Mark McGregor on Unsplash


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    Excerpt from Tanaya Winder, “We Were Stolen,” from Why Storms Are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017; published by permission of the poet.

    The School–Prison Trust by Sabina Vaught, Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, and Jeremiah Chin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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    University of Minnesota Press
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Sabina Vaught, Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Jeremiah Chin
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