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South Dakota tribe seeks children's remains from Carlisle

Written by The Associated Press | May 10, 2016 5:19 AM
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In this May 6, 2016, photo, Russell Eagle Bear, the historic preservation officer for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, looks at photos and maps in his office in Rosebud, S.D., of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Cumberland County. (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano)

(Rosebud, S.D.) -- The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died while being forced to attend a government-run boarding school in Cumberland County more than century ago could soon be repatriated to South Dakota.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is scheduled to host a meeting today with representatives from the U.S. Army and other tribes to begin the negotiation process to repatriate the remains of the 10 children, and eventually, of the dozens more who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

The school operated between 1879 and 1918 as part of a policy intended to replace the children's American traditions with European culture.

Rosebud Sioux historic preservation officer Russell Eagle Bear says the tribe hopes the Army agrees to exhume the bodies from what is now the U.S. Army War College.


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