We just want our family to receive a proper burial. They need to go home and their death is something that will remind them of who they are and what their family has been through. "They want the remains of the boys and girls who were taken from their American Indian families in the West."
The children were suffering and had no real reason to be there. They were not being tooken care of. "Discipline was constant," Norman Matteoni wrote in Prairie Man, his study of Sitting Bull. "Punishment, abuse, and illness were frequent."
The children were kept there for a long period of time. Far from their families and their culture. This gave the white more power over the innocent native americans. "Many were kept from their families even in summer, sent to local households to provide ongoing immersion and, for the white hosts, cheap labor.
The people who went to visit their ancestors all felt sad. They couldnt imagine what they went through."Those kids never got to go home," she said in an interview. "I would wonder why no one came and got me: 'Why am I still here?'"
The group of people felt as if they had just received a sign to do something to take them home. "...the cemetery filled with swarms of flashing fireflies. It was like their spirits let us know they heard those prayers," said Micah Lunderman, a Rosebud youth counselor who helped lead the trip. "We know they heard us."
Before leaving they left gifts and prayed for their souls "On the ground by the bleached white markers, visitors have left children's toys, gifts of cloth horses, dolls, and tiny plastic dinosaurs.The most noticeable grave — first row, first stone — belongs to Lucy Pretty Eagle, one of at least 10 Rosebud children to die at the school."