History of Carlisle Indian School and return of children’s remains who died at school subject of new documentary

  • Scott LaMar
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Airdate: Monday, November 15, 2021

In 2017, a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Carlisle, in Cumberland County, to retrieve remains of three children who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s. That emotional journey is chronicled in a new documentary Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, that will be broadcast on WITF-TV Tuesday, November 23 at 9 p.m.

The film explores the history of the Carlisle school, which was the first in the country designed to conform Native Americans into the ways and culture of White America. It included cutting the students’ hair, banning their native languages and customs and forcing them into military-style, remedial education with an emphasis on Christianity.

Monday’s Smart Talk features a discussion of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and the documentary with Geoff O’Gara, Writer, Producer and Director, Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, Barb Landis, Historian, retired Cumberland County Historical Society,  Archives and Library Specialist, Jim Gerencser, Dickinson College Archivist and co-director of the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center, Jordan Dresser, Associate Producer of Home From School: The Children of Carlisle and Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council.

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