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Letter: North Dakota should investigate boarding school site
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Letter: North Dakota should investigate boarding school site

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Open letter to Governor Burgum:

Through the use of ground-penetrating radar, the remains of 215 dead children have been found at an Indian boarding school in Kamloops, British Columbia. Sadly, the United States has a similar legacy.

The Fraine Barracks of the North Dakota National Guard includes the former site of the Bismarck Indian School, which operated from 1907 to 1937. We need to conduct an archaeological survey of that site as soon as possible to ensure that the remains of any children found buried there are repatriated to their families. North Dakota needs to be proactive, rather than reacting to inevitable demands. Those who want better relations with tribal nations would do well to deal with this situation expeditiously.

Thank you.

Andrew Alexis Varvel, Bismarck

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