Chemawa Indian School unmarked graves


Marsha Small used ground-penetrating radar to survey beneath the cemetery on the Chemawa Indian School campus near Salem, Oregon. As she worked, she prayed to the children, even though her Northern Cheyenne language would sound foreign to them because the children buried in this earth had been brought to the school from reservations and tribal lands throughout the western United States.

Small, 56, conducted the survey using ground penetrating radar as part of her master's thesis research at Montana State University.

In the school's historical records, she had found autograph books from the 1890s in which children wrote private messages to each other.

"Please remember me when I'm in the grave," one boy who was re-named Danny Boone by the school staff, had written to a friend.

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