Children Who Passed Away at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School

Dozens of children passed away after being removed from their homes to attend the Rapid City Indian Boarding School. Many died while at school. Most died from diseases to which they had little immunity, others froze to death while attempting to escape the school in the harsh South Dakota winter. The school did not keep complete records of the deceased, and many of the records were rendered illegible by the passage of time. This list is far from complete or fully accurate. But the painstaking hours of labor it took to compile this list are a small token from the authors in honor and memory of the children that never made it home:

  • [Illegible] Eagle Horn
  • Abner Kirk
  • Adolph Bissonettee
  • Adolph Russell
  • Alonzo Little Chief
  • Bessie Bare Arm Necklace
  • Charles Crowdog
  • Charles Long Turkey
  • Dorothy Crier
  • Evelyn Day
  • Female child 1
  • Female child 2
  • Female child 3
  • Female child 4
  • Female child 5
  • Female child 6
  • Female child 7
  • Isadore Eagle Feather
  • James Means
  • Jamie Pretends Eagle
  • John [Illegible]
  • Joseph Brown
  • Joseph Face Darkling
  • Josephine Spotted Bear
  • Lake Shell Necklace
  • Lia Logan
  • Louis Longhorn
  • Mabel Holy
  • Male child 1
  • Male child 2
  • Mark Sherman
  • Martin Hart
  • Martin Williamson
  • Mary Galligo
  • Melania Rencountre
  • Philip Moore
  • Robert Cedar Boy
  • Sophia Fleury
  • Spencer Ruff
  • Tommy Afraid of Thunder
  • Unnamed child 1
  • Unnamed child 2
  • Unnamed child 3
  • Unnamed child 4
  • Unnamed child 5
  • Unnamed child 6
Ted Stephens III