On Monday, Rapid City celebrated Native American Day, and honored Native children who died at the Rapid City Indian School in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a memorial walk. According to KOTA Territory News, over 200 people joined in remembering the 45 students who died there.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender attended the memorial and said that the group had gathered to honor the children’s memory and that the city and community would not forget them. Marchers walked from Sioux Park to Sioux San Hospital, which was the site of the original school, for a prayer service in honor of the lost children.
Organizers hope to make the memorial walk for the students who died an annual event.
Learn more about the Rapid City Indian School on the Black Hills Knowledge Network issue page.