CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Stays exhumed from a cemetery at a U.S. Military base in Pennsylvania don’t belong to the Native American teenager recorded to have been buried there greater than a century in the past, the navy mentioned.
The Military is disinterring the stays of eight Native American kids who died on the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial Faculty, and plans to switch custody to the kids’s closest residing kin.
On Saturday, the Military exhumed grave B-13, thought to belong to Wade Ayres of the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, who died in 1904. The stays didn’t match these of a male aged 13 or 14, however as an alternative had been discovered to be per a feminine aged 15 to twenty, the Military mentioned in an announcement.
The woman’s stays had been reinterred in the identical grave on Monday and marked unknown.
“The Military is dedicated to searching for extra data in an effort to find out the place the stays of Wade Ayres are buried in order that he could also be returned to his household and the Catawba nation,” the Military mentioned.
A message was left with Catawba officers on Tuesday searching for extra data.
The disinterment course of started earlier this month and is the fifth at Carlisle since 2017. Greater than 20 units of Native American stays had been transferred to relations in earlier rounds.
Greater than 10,000 kids from greater than 140 tribes handed by Carlisle Indian Industrial Faculty between 1879 and 1918, together with well-known Olympian Jim Thorpe, as a part of a U.S. coverage to drive Native American kids to assimilate to white society.
The college took steps to separate the scholars from their tradition, reducing their braids, dressing them in military-style uniforms and punishing them for talking their native languages.
Some 186 kids initially had been buried within the cemetery on the web site.
In 2017, a grave thought to belong to a 10-year-old Native American youngster truly contained two units of stays, from a teenage male and an individual of undetermined age and intercourse.
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