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Migrant Family Separations Evoke Memories of BIA Boarding School for Some Native Americans

Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite thousands of migrant children with their families after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Justice Department says it’s unlikely that deadline will be met.

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7/10/2018

article Migrant Family Separations Evoke Memories of BIA Boarding School for Some Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite thousands of migrant children with their families after being detained by Immigration...

7/4/2018

article Boy's remains returned to Blackfeet family after 128 years
(Montana) -- On a bluff north of Browning, just outside the shadow of Flattop Mountain, a final resting place has been prepared for George Ell. The winds there blow...

7/2/2018

article Remains of Blackfeet man returned to family for burial 128 years after abduction
(Montana) -- On a bluff north of Browning, just outside the shadow of Flattop Mountain, a final resting place has been prepared for George Ell. The winds there blow...
article Six facts about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
(Pennsylvania) -- Captain Richard Henry Pratt founded the school with the goal of immersing native students in white culture, teach them English and provide them with a...

6/26/2018

article "This was special": Remains of Native American students returned to families
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. Army has returned the remains of three students who died while attending the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Cumberland County to...
article 'Peaceful path toward healing:' Army returns children's remains to American Indian families
(Pennsylvania) -- What she saw was more than just bones, recently exhumed and laid out on an examination table. "That person had a family. People he or she loved....
article Exhumations at Carlisle Indian School Cemetery now complete
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of three more Native American children have been exhumed from the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery. WGAL documented the historic process...
article Families receive 3 Carlisle Indian School students' remains after disinterment
(Pennsylvania) -- There was a moment when an open wound began to have closure for a Native American family. The descendants of George Ell had a chance this month to...

6/25/2018

article Remains of three of four American Indian children returned to families after disinterment
(Pennsylvania) -- Nearly two weeks after they began the disinterment of four students who died more than 100 years ago while attending the Carlisle Indian School, the...

6/24/2018

article Return of Northern Arapaho children's remains encourages other tribes
(Wyoming) -- The news on Indian Country Today shook Leon Chief Elk to his core. A Northern Arapaho woman had succeeded in getting the remains of a young boy, her...

6/22/2018

article Carlisle Indian School students were among the performers in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
(Pennsylvania) -- The sad news of Paul Eagle Star came by a letter from the Rosebud Agency in mid-January 1891. It was believed the former Carlisle Indian School student...

6/19/2018

article Government Boarding Schools Once Separated Native American Children From Families
(Pennsylvania) -- In 1879, U.S. cavalry captain Richard Henry Pratt opened a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. But it wasn’t the kind of boarding school...
article TRAHANT: Indian Country remembers the trauma of children taken from their parents
(Indian Country) -- Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families. The Trump administration has initiated a...

6/17/2018

article School reports: Students buried in cemetery suffered grievous injuries from accidents
(Pennsylvania) -- Evidence suggested Frank Green died instantly after falling off a train and onto the rails near Mexico, Juniata County. The Oneida youth was a runaway...

6/16/2018

article A Century After Deaths, Native American Kids to Return Home
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of four Native American children who died over 100 years ago at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania were...

6/14/2018

article Double Tragedy: Two Carlisle Indian School students died within hours of each other
(Pennsylvania) -- In life and death, Maud and Ernest had plenty in common. Both were Sioux Indians from the Rosebud Agency, the children of powerful and respected...

6/13/2018

article Going home: Carlisle Barracks cemetery prepped for disinterment of American Indian students
(Pennsylvania) -- They died more than 100 years ago, but soon, they will be returning home. Four American Indian students who attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial...
article Search to begin again for remains of Native American child buried in Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- WGAL News 8 has an update to the "Chronicle: Bring Them Home" special we brought you last year. The story was about a Native American tribe...
article Remains of Arapaho boy to be returned to Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- The remains of a Northern Arapaho boy who died in a federally run boarding school in Pennsylvania will be exhumed this week and returned to the Wind River...

6/12/2018

article Who were they? Archives help paint picture of American Indian students being disinterred
(Pennsylvania) -- "In his stay with us of less than two years George Ell had endeared himself to all who knew him - ever faithful, kind and true. "All was done...

6/11/2018

article Disinterment of four Carlisle Indian School students begins soon
(Pennsylvania) -- They did not find Little Plume the first time they looked for the remains of the Carlisle Industrial Indian School student, but the Army is trying...
article EDITORIAL: Little Plume's long journey home may help close a controversial chapter in America's history
(Pennsylvania) -- Apart from the shameful legacy of slavery, there may be no more difficult or painful chapter in our nation's history than America's treatment...
article Remains of Northern Arapaho boy will be returned to Wyoming after a century in boarding school graveyard
(Wyoming) -- The remains of a Northern Arapaho boy who died in a federally run boarding school in Pennsylvania will be exhumed Thursday and returned to the Wind River...

6/4/2018

article American Indian nations push for remains to be returned from cemeteries, museums
(Pennsylvania) -- Louellyn White came to Pennsylvania to search for graves of native children who died after their Carlisle Indian School masters sent them out to work...

5/29/2018

article 4 Child graves to be exhumed in Carlisle; Returned to tribes
(Pennsylvania) -- It's been over 100 years since four Native American children died and were buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Now, plans are in the...

5/27/2018

article Ceremony honors children who died at Carlisle Indian School
(Pennsylvania) -- With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the closing of the Carlisle Indian School, members of the American Indian Society and the Circle Legacy...

5/26/2018

article A search for native children who died on ‘Outings’ in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Libbie Standing died at 13, four years after she was sent from her Cheyenne tribal home in Oklahoma to the Indian boarding school at Carlisle, Pa. But...
article Army plans to exhume remains of four Carlisle Indian School students
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. Army is planning to return the remains of four students who died while attending the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School to their...

5/4/2018

article When baseball was for the birds in Carlisle - Salad Birds that is
(Pennsylvania) -- Harry Smith was not particularly noted for his ability to hit the baseball. But the Salad Birds team member had his eyes on the prize when he went up...

5/3/2018

article A Rare Collection of 19th-Century Photographs of Native Americans Goes Online
(USA) -- Between 1879 and 1902, a man named John N. Choate served as official photographer for the Carlisle Indian School, a federally-funded boarding school in...

12/13/2017

article How Native Americans Taught Both Assimilation and Resistance at Indian Schools
(USA) -- Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Native American children were forced to attend so-called “Indian schools” designed to blot out Native...

10/25/2017

article Prayer, healing service to be held at Carlisle Indian School cemetery
(Pennsylvania) -- A religious organization from Arizona next week is slated to hold a two-day prayer event at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Cemetery. Billed an...

10/23/2017

article Could more remains of native American children be sent back to their tribes from Carlisle Indian School?
(Pennsylvania) -- The movement to send the remains of American Indian children buried at the Carlisle Indian School back to their tribes could be growing. As many as 59...
article Tribal leaders to discuss American Indian children buried in Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children...

10/21/2017

article Indian tribes to meet on retrieving more children's remains from Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children...

10/20/2017

article Indian Boarding Schools: One Woman's Tragic, Triumphant Story
(Washington D.C.) -- Lynn Eagle Feather of Denver, Colorado, is the great-great-granddaughter of Felix Eagle Feather, a member of the Sicangu Oyate (“Burnt Thigh...
article Native Americans No Closer to Learning Fates of Boarding School Ancestors
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American advocacy group says the U.S. government has failed in its responsibility to account for the fate of hundreds, perhaps thousands of...

9/29/2017

article Bringing The Children Home: Northern Arapaho Exhume Boarding School Graves
(Wyoming) -- On the Wind River Reservation, on the far edge of a wind-swept cemetery filled with white crosses and colorful flowers, a fresh mound blended in with all...

9/11/2017

article After Many Requests, Boarding School Children's Remains Returned To Northern Arapaho
(Wyoming) -- For over a decade, the Northern Arapaho tribe has been requesting that the remains of children buried in a cemetery at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School...

8/21/2017

article OP/ED: 'Justice delayed' worth the wait to bury Native American children
(Pennsylvania) -- One quote attributed to William Penn is, “To delay justice is injustice.” There have been variations of the platitude, but its meaning is...

8/19/2017

article At last, the Indian children have come home
(Wyoming) -- People arrived at the cemetery in shiny late-model sedans and in old pickup trucks splashed with mud, but it was three riderless horses that led the...
article Remains of Northern Arapaho boys finally buried on the Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- Three riderless horses clattered up Mission Road in Riverton Friday morning, the final ride for Little Chief, Horse and Little Plume. It was a bittersweet...

8/16/2017

article How Boarding Schools Tried to ‘Kill the Indian’ Through Assimilation
(Pennsylvania) -- Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.” That was the mindset under which the U.S. government forced tens of thousands of Native American...

8/13/2017

article The Northern Arapaho Boys
(Pennsylvania) -- A week that was supposed to begin the healing process for Native American tribes across the country ended in sadness when a team of archaeologists...
article Remains of two Northern Arapaho boys ready to be returned to Wyoming, third not found
(Pennsylvania) -- Remains unearthed at a Pennsylvania Army base don’t match the Native American child from Wyoming thought to have been buried there after dying at...

8/12/2017

article Army: Exhumed remains don't match 19th century Indian child
(Pennsylvania) -- Remains unearthed at a Pennsylvania Army base don't match the Native American child thought to have been buried there after dying at the government...

8/11/2017

article Families of three American Indian children buried in Carlisle thankful for their return
(Pennsylvania) -- As the disinterment of three American Indian children buried at the Carlisle Barracks continues, the families of the boys thanked the U.S. Army and...

8/8/2017

article Army begins unearthing remains of children who died at Carlisle Indian school
(Pennsylvania) -- Nelson White Eagle, gray and stiff at 78, needed time to make his way across the wet grass to the graves of the children, but when he got there, he...
article Life at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School: vintage photos
(Pennsylvania) -- Three Northern Arapaho boys, who died in the 1880s while they were attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, will soon be returning home.

8/7/2017

article 'That's a human being who was loved by somebody:' The solemn task of returning Carlisle Indian School children to their homes
(Pennsylvania) -- Normally, you can see the white headstones from the road, marking the graves at the national cemetery on the grounds of the Carlisle Barracks. Now,...
article Experts prepare to exhume bodies of Native American students for journey home to Wyoming
(Pennsylvania) -- Three Native American children named Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief died about 135 years ago while attending a government-run school in...
article First three American Indian children to be disinterred, returned home from Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- After 130 years, they are returning home. Three children, who were members of the Northern Arapaho tribe, are among the 200-plus American Indian...
article Stories From a Sacred Place: The Buried Facts on Wallace Berryman
(Pennsylvania) -- They found what remained of Wallace Berryman buried in an unmarked grave at Carlisle Barracks. Construction workers digging for a water line in 1940...
article Stories From a Sacred Place: The Story of Isaac Longshore
(Pennsylvania) -- Isaac Longshore said his last goodbyes on a street corner in downtown Carlisle. It was about 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 1918. Little more than an...
article A century after deaths, Native American students return home
(Pennsylvania) -- Three Native American children named Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief died about 135 years ago while attending a government-run school in...

7/18/2017

article Disinterment of three Indian school students scheduled for August
(Pennsylvania) -- The Department of the Army has scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 8, as the start date to disinter the remains of three Northern Arapaho boys who died in the...

7/3/2017

article Little Chief, other native children to finally go home
(Pennsylvania) -- Next month, if all goes as planned, Little Chief will finally be going home. Home to the rocky expanse of the Wyoming reservation he left as a boy of...

5/25/2017

article 140-year-old pics show Native American Indian families before and after they were forced into school
(Pennsylvania) -- Backed by the US federal government, the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania wrenched children from their families and banned them from speaking...

10/3/2016

article Historical society hosts national conference on Indian School influence on sports
(Pennsylvania) -- Sports provided the playing field for the social experiment to thrive. “It was an important aspect of the program to assimilate Native Americans...

9/30/2016

article 'Carlisle Indian School': A tale of cultural genocide
(Pennsylvania) -- What most people know about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania can be summed up in a single name: Jim Thorpe. It was at Carlisle...

9/6/2016

article At Carlisle Indian school cemetery, a battle over a lost Alaskan child
(Pennsylvania) -- Mary Kininnook died three days after her 14th birthday, weak and struggling to breathe, in a hospital bed at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. But...

8/23/2016

article Midstate Memories: Carlisle Indian School Athletes
(Pennsylvania) -- The Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS), the first U.S. Government off-reservation school for American Indian Children, was located at the...

7/13/2016

article At Carlisle, Seneca dancers follow ancestors' footsteps
(Pennsylvania) -- During the 39 years the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was in existence, 628 students from the Seneca Nation would walk through its gates....

6/27/2016

article Ancient American Indian tribe pushing to have the remains of 10 of their 186 children who died at 'culture cleansing' school 130 years ago finally brought home
(South Dakota) -- An ancient tribe of South Dakotan American Indians are seeking to retrieve the bones of children who perished during an episode of forced assimilation...

6/24/2016

article Can the Army tell who's buried at the Carlisle Indian cemetery?
(Pennsylvania) -- There's no doubt that Earnest Knocks Off, son of a Sioux chief, lies buried among nearly 200 children in the Indian cemetery here. The question is...

5/28/2016

article A solemn remembrance at Indian cemetery in Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of American Indians have come every Memorial Day weekend since 1973 to the cemetery of the old Carlisle Indian Industrial School. A vigil of...
article A solemn remembrance at Indian cemetery in Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of American Indians have come every Memorial Day weekend since 1973 to the cemetery of the old Carlisle Indian Industrial School. A vigil of...

5/22/2016

article Letters: Native Americans' sad, continuing saga
(Pennsylvania) -- I applaud the Inquirer for publishing Jeff Gammage's articles about Native Americans' efforts to bring their relatives' remains home from...

5/18/2016

article Carlisle Barracks 'will be in support' of moving and re-burying at least 10 Native American children
(Pennsylvania) -- Last week, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Army promised to pay to move and re-bury the remains of at least 10 Native American children who...
article Work underway to develop old farmhouse into Carlisle Indian School heritage center
(Pennsylvania) -- Groundwork is underway to repurpose an old farmhouse on the edge of the Army War College campus as a heritage center in memory of the Carlisle Indian...

5/15/2016

article Army's promise to Carlisle Indians' kin creates hope, skepticism
(South Dakota) -- Lila Kills In Sight grew up not knowing that she had a relative buried in far-off Pennsylvania, a boy who went away to boarding school and never came...

5/13/2016

article Completing the circle: A relative on the importance of bringing home the body of Native American child
(Pennsylvania) -- The white headstone reads "Friend HH Bear." Among the Lakota, Hollow Horn is a family name, but Hollow Horn Bear is a distinct family lineage...

5/12/2016

article Completing the circle: A relative on the importance of bringing home the body of Native American child
(Pennsylvania) -- Among the Lakota, Hollow Horn is a family name, but Hollow Horn Bear is a distinct family lineage of descendants of one Chief Hollow Horn Bear, who...
article US Army Pledges to Bear Full Cost of Returning Carlisle Remains
(Pennsylvania) -- Beneath fields in Flanders, Normandy, and Okinawa, young American men and women lie in somber honor beneath row on row of white crosses. There to rest...
article US Army to Pay for Repatriation of Indian Children's Remains
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Army has promised to pay for moving and re-burying the remains of at least 10 Native American children who died more than a century ago at a...

5/11/2016

article Lakota women look to heal severed maternal bonds with return of remains of ancestors buried in Carlisle
(South Dakota) -- Historically, the women of the Lakota nation - as in almost all other Native American communities - played a critical role in the life of the family...
article Remains Of Native Children Buried At Boarding School To Return Home
(South Dakota) -- The remains of Northern Arapahoe children who died more than a century ago at a boarding school in Pennsylvania can finally return home. That’s...
article Tears flow as Lakota tribal leaders urge feds to return remains of children
(South Dakota) -- The wasna — the sweet, grainy Lakota ceremonial food — was served. The invocation was said by elders and spiritual leaders, and welcome...

5/10/2016

article South Dakota Tribe Seeks Children's Century-Old Remains
(South Dakota) -- The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died nearly 2,000 miles away from their homes while being forced to attend a government-run...
article Tribal leaders implore Army officials: 'Bring our children home'
(South Dakota) -- Her hands didn't shake when she took the microphone, nor did her voice tremble when she spoke. Yufna Soldier Wolf had waited a long time to speak...

5/9/2016

article Sioux voices speak of prophecy and spirituality: Efforts to return ancestors buried in Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- The traditional Sioux legend known as "otiwote" holds that a person is born into this world through the sacredness of water. When the mother...
article South Dakota tribe seeks children's century-old remains from Pa. school
(South Dakota) -- The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died while being forced to attend a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania over a...

5/6/2016

article After more than 100 years, American Indian children buried in Carlisle begin a journey home
(Pennsylvania) -- Jessie Spread Hands, a member of the Arapaho Nation, was 14 when she was taken from her family and sent to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in...

4/18/2016

article Coalition demands remains of children buried at Carlisle be returned to tribes
(Pennsylvania) -- A small cemetery on the grounds of the U.S. Army War College in eastern Pennsylvania holds the remains of Native students who died at the infamous...

3/29/2016

article Inquirer editorial: Indian school children still looking for peace
(Pennsylvania) -- It's time for the federal government to grant requests by Native American tribes to return the remains of hundreds of children who died more than a...

3/23/2016

article Woman seeks relative's remains from Indian boarding school
(Wyoming) -- The headstone sits 1,633 miles from home, arranged in a neat row beside those of the other children. It's smooth and white, the same type of military...

3/21/2016

article Bring him home: Woman seeks relative's remains from Indian boarding school
(Pennsylvania) -- The headstone sits 1,633 miles from home, arranged in a neat row beside those of the other children. It’s smooth and white, the same type of...
article ‘Those kids never got to go home’
(Pennsylvania) -- They want the bones of their children back. They want the remains of the boys and girls who were taken from their American Indian families in the West...

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