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A Dakota family remembers: Three generations of boarding school


In the photograph from the South Dakota State Historical Society Archive, two Sioux women of an earlier era are swirling around in their long dresses to face the photographer in the South Dakota wind and each carries a child in a shawl on her back.

That’s the way Dakota and Lakota people traditionally held their children – closer, physically, than mainstream Americans of the same era held their children.

But things were about to change.


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