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Army pledges to pay costs of returning young relatives to tribes






Indian children are buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Photo from RST DCI Sicangu Youth Council / Facebook

The U.S. Army says it will pay for the costs of returning the remains of young relatives who are buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.

Members and leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been seeking the remains of their loved ones. But since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act doesn't apply to military sites like Carlisle, they must follow Army regulations, which require direct descendants to request reburial.

“We are really thankful that they are willing to work with us and that we are going to move forward,” Russell Eagle Bear, the historic preservation officer for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, told the Associated Press.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe's youth council started pushing for repatriation of their relatives last summer. The youth visited Carlisle as part of their trip to Washington, D.C., for the White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference.

The youth have helped identify at least 10 relatives who are buried at Carlisle. The Northern Arapaho Tribe has been working on the issue as far back as 2007 and has identified at least three relatives.

The Army held a government-to-government consultation on the Rosebud Reservation this week. Two more meetings are set to take place in June and in October.

Get the Story:
US Army to pay for repatriation of Indian children’s remains (AP 5/12)
Completing the circle: A relative on the importance of bringing home the body of Native American child (PennLive 5/12)
US Army Pledges to Bear Full Cost of Returning Carlisle Remains (Indian Country Today 5/12)
Remains Of Native Children Buried At Boarding School To Return Home (Wyoming Public Media 5/11)

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