NABS is working to support Tribal Nations seeking the repatriation of their children buried at Carlisle. The Northern Arapaho repatriated two of their lost children, but the third boy couldn’t be found. The stakes are high for all involved, including Tribes who do not want their children disturbed. NABS is hosting a Tribal Roundtable in November.
The Children Buried at Carlisle
On August 9, 2017 the Northern Arapaho Tribe began exhumation of their children’s remains from the Army War College Cemetery in Carlisle, PA. Of the three children being repatriated (Little Chief, Horse, and Little Plume) Little Plume’s grave contained two sets of remains, neither of which were his.
The number of unknown graves has now gone from 12 to 14 at the cemetery.
The results of these findings affect all tribes who have children buried at the Carlisle Cemetery, whether they want to repatriate or not, because this new evidence proves that the graves are not correctly marked and the Army doesn’t know which children are buried where.
Therefore, it is imperative that tribes be fully informed of their rights before deciding on next steps and that tribes be engaged in a Nation to Nation consultation process before moving forward with further repatriation requests.
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is hosting a November 30th – Tribal Roundtable.