History and Historiography

Remains of nine Rosebud Sioux children from 140 years ago brought home to South Dakota

ByAnnie Todd Sioux Falls Argus Leader

A group of Rosebud Sioux children walk down a grassy hill, long hair blowing in the wind, toward the waters of Whetstone Bay, glistening blue, where a steamboat that will take them to a new kind of boarding school in Pennsylvania waits.

They don’t know they’ll never see their parents again, or that their parents, and generations after them will fight to get them back.

More than 140 years later, the remains of nine of the children returned Friday to South Dakota after a two-day drive from the former Carlisle Indian Reform School.

“This is a common sorrow we share, but on this day we have a common celebration,” Ben Rhodd, a member of the Rosebud Sioux, told the crowd gathered at the Yankton Reservation pow wow center, about two hours from Iowa in southern South Dakota, on Friday.

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