Moving on from tragedy, more than 100 years after children died at Rapid City Indian Boarding School
RAPID CITY, S.D. —
It has been more than a century since 44 Native American children died while attending Rapid City’s Indian Boarding School. It’s a story the Lakota community wants to keep telling with a learning and healing event. On Monday the 14th the second annual memorial walk will be held in honor of Native Americans who attended the Rapid City Indian boarding school and died there.
Children as young as infants all the way up to the age of 19, were taken from their homes by the government and forced to conform to the school’s teachings. 44 students died of malnutrition disease and other neglect while attending the school. Two students were killed by a train while running away from the school trying to find their way back home. Which is why the Raid City Indian Boarding School Memorial Committee is holding the memorial walk so the story does not die with the children.
“We need to remember the children, we need to remember our ancestors, we need to remember what they went through.” Said Lindsay Huffman a volunteer for the memorial committee. “It is a different time and there is room for change now and to be able to find forgiveness for what they went through in order to change our own future so that way we can have a better relationship with natives and non-natives.”
One of the victims who passed away at the boarding school survived the Wounded Knee Massacre, Mabel Holy survived and than was taken from her home only to die at boarding school at the age of 18. Lindsay Huffman paid her respects by visiting the grave site and calling it an emotional experience.
The walk will take place Monday, October 14th starting at Sioux Park and traveling to the formally known Sioux San Hospital now known as the Oyate Health Center.