The remains of Native American children will be exhumed from the Carlisle barracks


Another effort to unearth the remains of Native American children who died more than 100 years ago at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School begins this weekend in Cumberland County. parents. The school opened in 1879 and housed some 10,000 Indigenous children before it closed in 1918. Historians say the site was used to forcibly assimilate children into American society. Jim Gerencser, with Dickinson College and the Carlisle Indian School Project, says that the process of returning these remains to families reflects the shift in school opinion over the past decades. “That has changed and people are now recognizing how the boarding system has been a very bad thing,” he said. Authorities say many children who died at school have succumbed to the disease. The process of exhuming the remains is expected to take place until mid-July. Other students have been exhumed in recent years. WGAL documented the historic process in our Special Chronicle: Bring Them Home. You can watch it here.

Another effort to unearth the remains of Native American children who died more than 100 years ago at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School begins this weekend in Cumberland County.

From Saturday, the remains of 10 other students will be exhumed from Carlisle Barracks and returned to their loved ones.

The school opened in 1879 and welcomed some 10,000 Indigenous children before it closed in 1918.

Historians say the site was used to forcibly assimilate children into American society.

Jim Gerencser, with Dickinson College and the Carlisle Indian School Project, argues that the process of returning these remains to families reflects changes in school opinion over the past decades.

“That has changed and people are now recognizing how the residential school system has been a very bad thing,” he said.

Authorities say many children who died at school have succumbed to the disease.

The process of exhuming the remains is expected to take place until mid-July.

Other students have been exhumed in recent years. WGAL documented the historic process in our Special Chronicle: Bring Them Home. You can watch it here.


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