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Riverside Indian Boarding School Demonstration Project

The Riverside Indian Boarding School (RIBS), one of seven off-reservation boarding schools, was opened in 1872 by Quaker missionaries to educate Wichita tribal members. It now serves about 65 tribes nationwide, and current enrollment is estimated at 600 students who range from 9 to 20 years old; 52 percent are girls, and 48 percent are boys. It is also estimated that more than 90 percent of the students are direct victims of crimes such as neglect and child abuse, rape, and incest; have been exposed to or attempted suicide; and have witnessed other forms of violence. The primary goal of RIBS is to increase the knowledge and skills of school staff members to more effectively serve students who have been victimized and exploited. For more details, read the grant application kit on the OVC Web site.

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