Remains of Alaska Native student buried at Carlisle boarding school will return to Pribilofs

A drawinng of a white large building in a grassy field on a clear day
The caption on this artwork reads ‘Academic Building, Indian School, Carlisle, PA.’ (Public Domain image from National Archives and Records Administration)

The remains of an Alaska Native student buried more than 100 years ago at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania will return to Alaska. 

Beginning June 19, the U.S Army will begin the process to return the remains of 10 Native students buried at the Carlisle school. 

According to a U.S. Army news release, nine students are from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and one student — Sophia Tetoff is identified as an Alaskan Aleut. 

Sophia entered the school on June 26, 1901, and died there May 6, 1906. According to WITF, a public radio station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Sophia’s remains will be returned to Saint Paul Island, Alaska

The Carlisle boarding school operated from 1879 to 1918. The site continues to be part of the U.S. Army War College.

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