Work Remains, but Activists Celebrate Progress Regarding Indian Boarding Schools

-C.J. Keene, News Director


At the site of the former Rapid City Indian Boarding School on Monday, a group of activists and allies gathered to reflect on the progress made, and work still to do.

In attendance was a large cast of leaders in the movement, including Ben Rhodd, who recently saw success in an effort to bring the remains of some children back to their ancestral homes.

Rhodd shared the emotions following years of working towards that goal.

Another speaker, Violet Catches, a survivor of Saint Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, said her experience was something she carried for years.

Monday was Indigenous Peoples Day, and the memorial walk event was the fourth annual event on the date.