The number of boarding schools declined during this time. Some Native American parents saw the schools as a chance to have their children in an environment that wasn’t as impoverished as the reservations. The intermingling of Native Americans from different tribes was also seen as beneficial.
“The best thing about boarding schools is that it enabled our kids to develop relationships not only within our tribe, but inter-tribally,” says Forrest Cuch. “It created an intertribal Pan-Indian relationship across our country, enabled our people to relate to one another, and strengthened our political relationship nationally. We have one of the strongest, oldest organizations in the country called the National Congress of American Indians, and it's done a lot of good work. A lot of that came about because of the boarding school intertribal relationship that developed from those schools.”