SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army has promised to pay to repatriate the remains of at least 10 Native American children who died more than a century ago while being forced to attend a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania.
Representatives from the Army this week agreed to work with the Rosebud Sioux and other tribes to exhume the bodies of children who attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and were buried at that site.
The school operated between 1879 and 1918 as part of a policy intended to replace the children's Native American traditions with European culture.
Russell Eagle Bear is the historic preservation officer for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He says the tribe is "really thankful" for the Army's decision to work with the tribes in the repatriation of the remains.