September 8, 2016 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - Mary Kininnook died three days after her 14th birthday, weak and struggling to breathe, in a hospital bed at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. But precisely where her body lies, no one knows. Twice family members traveled here from Alaska, searching the school cemetery and checking the name on every headstone, only to learn she was likely buried in one of the graves marked "unknown. " "I had to call my mom - 'Mom, we can't find her. Nobody knows where she is,' " said Eleanor Hadden, an Alaska anthropologist and Kininnook's great niece.
July 15, 2016 |
During the 39 years the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was in existence, 628 students from the Seneca Nation would walk through its gates. Approximately 50 Seneca visitors from the Cattaragus and Allegany Reservations in western New York came recently to walk in their footsteps. And in a location where American Indian students were once not allowed to express their native traditions, the Seneca visitors came to dance. "Our social dancing is to bring positive energy, good feelings," said Sheldon Sundown who organized the dancers.
June 25, 2016 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - There's no doubt that Earnest Knocks Off, son of a Sioux chief, lies buried among nearly 200 children in the Indian cemetery here. The question is, where? He seems to have two separate headstones. Other grave markers on the grounds of what was the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, now the Army War College, contain partial or misspelled names, wrong dates of death, and missing birth dates. The supporting paper archive is incomplete. Now, as the Army begins to meet tribal demands to return the remains of boys and girls who died in a harsh, turn-of-the century experiment in forced assimilation, both sides face a dilemma: When century-old records are lacking and even headstones can be unreliable, how to fully account for the dead?
May 30, 2016 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - A group of American Indians have come every Memorial Day weekend since 1973 to the cemetery of the old Carlisle Indian Industrial School. A vigil of sorts, they have come over the decades when others lived too far away and others had simply forgotten. They come to honor the students who died while attending school there and to decorate their graves. The practice was originally started by the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. and carried on the last three years by Circle Legacy.
May 16, 2016 |
ROSEBUD, S.D. - Lila Kills In Sight grew up not knowing that she had a relative buried in far-off Pennsylvania, a boy who went away to boarding school and never came back. His loss simply wasn't discussed in her home. Only recently did she learn of her tie to the child who died at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School - news she found as staggering as if she discovered she'd lost a family member in the Holocaust. "Now I have all kinds of questions," Kills In Sight, 45, said during an interview on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
March 26, 2016
ISSUE | CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL Children who never had a chance My father, Harold E. Parker, attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School ( "Those kids never got to go home," Sunday). I visited Carlisle several years ago, and my most indelible memory was my visit to the children's cemetery. I counted the headstones in astonishment, but the ones that got to me were the two or three in a line that read "Unknown. " Unknown to the very people who were responsible for their general safety and well-being?
February 18, 2013 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - To the uninitiated observer there is something a little disorienting about being in a room with 300-odd years worth of living military history reenactors, where full-dress French and Indian War militia rub shoulders with World War II German Wehrmacht soldiers, as a World War I British soldier trades tips about where to buy boots with a Russian Army paratrooper. A glance around the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle at Saturday's reenactor recruitment event shows a lot of fresh, young faces wearing uniforms of all types.
January 25, 2013
The dean of Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law has announced that he will step down effective July 31 to take a position at Peking University, Penn State said Thursday. Philip J. McConnaughay, who also was founding dean of Penn State's School of International Affairs, will become dean of Peking's School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, beginning Aug. 1. McConnaughay has led the law school, now with locations at both State College and Carlisle, since 2002.
November 22, 2012 |
Pennsylvania State University's two law school campuses - one at State College and the other in Carlisle - are pursuing plans to operate as separately accredited campuses by 2015. The move comes after opposition from Gov. Corbett and the Cumberland County commissioners to Penn State's original plan to discontinue offering its first-year program at the Carlisle campus and focus there on upper-level classes and international programs, according to Philip J. McConnaughay, dean of the law school.