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The Remains of 10 Children at the Carlisle Indian Boarding School Are Returning Home


The Carlisle Indian School student body around 1885, with the Superintendent's House in the background. (Photo/Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections/Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center)

CARLISLE, Penn. - The remains of 10 Native American and Alaska Native children who died more than 100 years ago while attending Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are scheduled to be returned home to their communities in Alaska and South Dakota this week, according to a notice from the Department of the Army, which oversees the cemetery.

"These students died between 1880 and 1910 while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School," the document reads. Nine of the children were from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, and one was from Saint Paul Island in Alaska's Bering Sea. "At the request of the closest living relative for each decedent, (The Office of Army Cemeteries) will disinter and facilitate the transport and reinterment of the remains in private cemeteries chosen by the families at government expense."

The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established from former U.S. army barracks by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1879, and served as the United States' first boarding school for Indigenous children. Over the next 39 years, 7,800 Native children, forcibly removed from their homes across the United States, were made to attend Indian boarding schools throughout the country as part of the United States' assimilationist agenda.


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