More Than a Century after Their Death, the US Army to Return Remains of Six More Indigenous Children to Their Tribal Communities


September 12, 2023

The Carlisle Barracks Cemetery, that still holds the remains of at least 171 Native youth, in summer 2022. Last year, families from the fifth disinterment project left gifts for the children left behind on their headstones. (Photo: Jenna Kunze).

Today, September 11, the U.S. Army will begin its sixth disinterment project to reunite the remains of six Indigenous children who died more than a century ago with their descendant relatives and communities.

Those students include: Edward Upright, from the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota; Amos LaFramboise, from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota; Beau Neal, from the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming; Edward Spott from the Puyallup Tribe in Washington; and Launy Shorty from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.

The children are among nearly 200 who died in the government's care between 1880 and 1910 while attending the nation's flagship Indian boarding school: the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


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