Army to return remains of boy who died at Indian school

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 12, 2018 5:42 PM

A Carlisle Historical Society exhibit depicts the "assimilation" process that students at the Carlisle school underwent. The children pictured are not the three Arapaho boys. (Photo via Carlisle Historical Society)

(Casper, Wyo.) - Officials say the remains of a Northern Arapaho boy who died attending a government-run boarding school in the midstate about 135 years ago will be returned to a Wyoming reservation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports 10-year-old Little Plume, also called Hayes Vanderbilt, will be exhumed Thursday and returned to the Wind River Reservation.

Little Plume was one of three boys who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School to be reburied in Wyoming last year, but archaeologists for the Army National Military Cemeteries could not identify his remains.

The Army says new information and research led to the verification of the remains.

Little Plume attended the school founded by an Army officer that forced students to cut their braids, dress in uniforms, speak English and adopt European names.

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