Allow Native American Remains to Be Returned to Families

Target: Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley

Goal: Exhume and return the remains of several Native American children back to their home state of South Dakota.

A group of Native American children were forced from their homes and made to attend a boarding school over 2,000 miles from their relatives more than a century ago. Now, the families of these unfortunate children are attempting to exhume the remains and repatriate them to their native South Dakota so that they can receive a proper burial.

The boarding school in question subjected over 10,000 Native American children to forced cultural assimilation and physical abuse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Upon arrival, students had their braids cut off, and evidence and verbal accounts tell stories of students being physically beaten if they spoke in their native language.

Though the repatriation of these remains would not undo the injustice these children suffered, it would provide much-needed closure to their families. These victims of government-sponsored genocide deserve a proper burial, at the very least. Sign the petition below to urge the Army to authorize this exhumation immediately.


Dear Mr. Milley,

I am writing to bring your attention to an ongoing effort to exhume and repatriate the remains of a group of Native American children from Pennsylvania to their native South Dakota. The children in question were forcibly removed from their homes and made to attend a boarding school over 2,000 miles from their families where they were subjected to verbal and physical abuse in a government-sponsored attempt to wipe out their heritage.

These innocent children were the victims of a grave injustice, and returning their remains is the least the government can do to provide closure to their families. Please allow for the exhumation and repatriation of these remains immediately.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Matt H. Ward

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