Repatriation at Marty Indian School
Following the discovery of hundreds of native children's remains in residential schools across Canada and the U.S., Marty Indian School in South Dakota will begin the process of repatriation. This will entail the search and recovery of students' remains on their school grounds. They will be able to be sent back home after decades of being lost.
Marty Indian School is currently a tribally-controlled school owned and operated by the Yankton Sioux Tribe since 1975. However, it was formerly known as St. Paul's Indian Mission while under the control of the Catholic Church. It was then that native students suffered horrific and unimaginable abuse by priests, nuns, and other workers. This abuse has been ignored for far too long.
Elders, tribal leaders, along with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, are currently discussing the logistics of the repatriation. Current plans project that Marty Indian School will begin its search in mid-August to bring our children home.