Event held to honor children who passed away at Rapid City Indian Boarding School
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After the remains of 215 bodies were found in an unmarked grave at an Indian boarding school in Canada, a local organization, Remembering the Children, put together an educational event for the public at Founders Park Saturday morning.
The event came after a prayerful, more private gathering Friday night at the stairs leading up to Sioux San Hospital, itself once an Indian boarding school.
Volunteers from Remembering the Children put shoes on the stairs to represent the children. They say that the situations are similar.
“We have the same issue here in Rapid City.” said Heather Dawn Thompson, a volunteer with Remembering the Children, “The Rapid City Indian Boarding School was here at the turn of the century into the 1930s and the volunteers have located thus far 50 children that died here and never made it home.”
Remembering the Children says its mission is to honor the lives, memories, and spirits of the children who passed away at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School.