3 Carlisle Indian school remains returned to families

Carlisle/West Shore

The remains of three Native American children who died over 100 years ago at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School have been returned to their families.

The remains of George Ell, Herbert Little Hawk, and Little Plume were turned over to their tribes after an Army team of archeologists and anthropologists made positive identifications.

It’s the second year the Army has disinterred children buried in Carlisle and sent them home.

Little Plume was 9 years old when he died. His remains were misplaced when the Army moved them in 1927, but the team is sure they found him and called it an honor to work on the project.

“We express our deep sorrow and condolences to the families, and we thank them for granting us the privilege to examine and return their loved ones,” anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth DiGangi said. “We wish them a peaceful path towards healing and closure.”

The team is still working to positively identify a fourth child, Dora Brave Bull.

When tribes ask to have family members returned, the Army works to honor those requests.

There are still more than 100 children buried at the Carlisle Barracks cemetery.

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