Rosebud Children Homecoming

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On the quiet green and gold intermingling plains of western South Dakota, the Rosebud Sioux properly buried their children who had been taken from them more than 140 years ago.
“The children will rest in the quiet and find comfort in being on the plains,” Russell Eagle Bear said. “Today, they made a journey to be here – to go into the comfort of Mother Earth.”
The remains of nine Rosebud Sioux children who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 19th century were returned to the tribe and buried Saturday evening, July 17, 2021. Six were laid to rest in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Veterans Cemetery. Three other children were buried in familial cemetery plots. Saturday was the final stop for the children after an emotional journey by caravan across the country from Pennsylvania to South Dakota.
The nine children were brought to the former boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1880. Some died from illness within months of arriving, others died years later after failed attempts of escaping the horrors of the school meant to “kill the Indian, save the man.”

The children's names are Ernest Knocks Off White Thunder, Warren Painter Bear Paints Dirt, Maud Little Girl Swift Bear, Dora Her Pipe Brave Bull, Friend Hollow Horn Bear, Rose Long Face Little Hawk, Lucy Take The Tail Pretty Hawk, Alvan One That Kills Seven Horses and Dennis Strikes First Blue Tomahawk.
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