Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Indian Boarding Schools

Investigators recently discovered unmarked graves of American Indian and First Nations (AI/FN) children.  As we learn more about this atrocity, the Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) team remains devoted to supporting those who may be struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns.

Together, we:

  • Stand with the AI/FN community as they grieve, demand repatriation and provide ceremony.
  • Acknowledge that the AI/FN community has faced years of systemic racism and genocide.
  • Recognize the immediate need for knowledge, anti-racism and empathy for AI/FN communities.

CAPS will continue to monitor the news and evaluate ways to support students.

Students interested in accessing CAPS services can get started with their first consultation here. Students can also collaborate with CAPS to plan an Outreach event to engage others on campus.


Land Acknowledgement for Michigan State University

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the university resides on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize Michigan’s 12 federally recognized Native Nations, historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and those who were forcibly removed from their homelands. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history and experiences.