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The Indian Helper newspaper described their burials, but no headstones mark their graves. She discovered that Oklahoma historian Gillett Griswold, a specialist on Apaches held at Fort Sill, had recorded the Carlisle deaths and burials of the wife and baby of prisoner Talbot Goday. Nor does Henry Rose, an Alaska native who came to Carlisle at 17 in 1903, and was buried in 1907. One girl's identity was discovered by accident, when descendants of Mary Kinninook traveled from Alaska to visit her grave, carrying records that confirmed her burial - and found no named stone.
Mary arrived at Carlisle in 1903, age 8, and died five years later.
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. 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?
Only this month researchers identified a 17-year-old boy named Fred War Bonnet, who died of tuberculosis and was buried in 1908 - but has no gravestone in the cemetery.
At the Smithsonian Institution, she helped return hundreds of Indian remains to tribes. Children who spoke their native tongue could be beaten, while overcrowding and malnourishment made them prey to fatal epidemics.
"With a historic cemetery such as this," she said, "there's always so much more to the story, to the site, to the land, to how it was used, than what we know today. The cemetery holds only a portion of those who died.
"It was really a haphazard job," said Russell Eagle Bear, the Rosebud historic-preservation officer.
"I'm hoping the Army is accurate where they put them.
Landis scoured old issues of school newspapers to identify people who were buried in the old cemetery but have no named markers now.Jack Mather's stone is misspelled Jack Martha, and the name Abe Lincoln marks the grave of a Cheyenne boy. They believe a second boy named Earnest died and was buried at the school, but acknowledge their records are "extremely limited." Knocks Off arrived with the first group of students on Oct.Earnest Knocks Off rests under a dull white stone that bears one word, "Earnest" - or, perhaps, under a second stone inscribed, "Ernest Son Of Chief White Thunder." In her authoritative , historian Jacqueline Fear-Segal says only one student named Ernest or Earnest was interred, and that was Earnest Knocks Off, White Thunder's child. 6, 1879, and quickly decided one thing: He wanted to go home.Decades ago, when the Army reclaimed the campus after the school closed in 1918, administrators decided to expand the post.So in the late 1920s, the graveyard was moved to the outskirts, next to what was called Poor House Road.