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Lakota youth return home after more than a century away at Indian boarding school


A "Welcome Home" sign rests outside a tipi erected in Sioux City, Iowa, to honor nine Rosebud Lakota children whose remains were returned to their homelands in South Dakota. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Nine Rosebud Lakota children began their last morning away from their homelands Friday at the base of a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning, a caravan carrying the nine Lakota children who died more than 140 years ago arrived here with a police escort in front of them for a brief welcome ceremony and meal.

As they stepped out of their vans – rubbing their eyes following their long drive from the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa – they were greeted by Native people from many different tribes living in Sioux City. They stood before a tipi with a fire burning in the center and several long tables set up to serve food to the people in the caravan.

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