(Pine Ridge, SD) - A group from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition reported this afternoon that the remains of Native American children who died at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania a century ago will be returned to their respective tribes. Now known as the U.S. Army War College, the 500-acre site was the home of a boarding school for Native American children who were taken from their reservations to be reeducated. Many of the children, including Northern Arapaho, Rosebud, and Northern Cheyenne from this area, died and were buried there. A petition
for the remains to be returned was presented to Department of Defense
officials today. A local delegation of Northern Arapaho headed by
Yufna (Soldierwolf) Gonzalez, a leader of the effort, and tribal elders
from Wind River attended and reported via their respective Facebook pages
that the Department of Defense apologized for the past actions and
indicated a process would be established to return the children's remains
to their ancestral homes.