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Tlingit elder Bob Sam says a prayer at the gravesite of a Native Alaskan child who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the closing of Carlisle, which was the first government off-reservation Indian boarding school in the United States—it would become the model for future boarding schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roughly 12,000 Native children attended, many of whom were taken from their families and communities by force in the name of coercive assimilation. This cemetery near where the school once stood is home to the graves of 184 students. Mr. Sam has spent the past 30 years working to help identify and repatriate the remains of children who died while at boarding schools across the country. He came to Carlisle in early October for a gathering hosted by the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, which brought together Native boarding school survivors, activists, and many community leaders who, like Mr. Sam, are working to bring the children buried at Carlisle back to their homelands. Image by Daniella Zalcman. United States, 2018. 

Tlingit elder Bob Sam says a prayer at the gravesite of a Native Alaskan child who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the closing of Carlisle, which was the first government off-reservation Indian boarding school in the United States—it would become the model for future boarding schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roughly 12,000 Native children attended, many of whom were taken from their families and communities by force in the name of coercive assimilation. This cemetery near where the school once stood is home to the graves of 184 students. Mr. Sam has spent the past 30 years working to help identify and repatriate the remains of children who died while at boarding schools across the country. He came to Carlisle in early October for a gathering hosted by the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, which brought together Native boarding school survivors, activists, and many community leaders who, like Mr. Sam, are working to bring the children buried at Carlisle back to their homelands. Image by Daniella Zalcman. United States, 2018.