Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, wants the remains of children from their tribe who were buried at Carlisle Indian School back when the school was in existence (1879 – 1918) repatriated. The tribe wants to rebury the children after appropriate Native prayers and services, which were outlawed at the time the children were buried.
Carlisle Indian School, located in Carlisle, PA, was the first and the largest of the American Indian Schools. The purpose of the Indian schools was to assimilate Indians into mainstream society. General Pratt, who is credited with developing the Indian school concept and founding Carlisle, had a philosophy with respect to American Indians which is best summed up by his most famous and now notorious quote: “Kill the Indian, save the man.”