In partnership with the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Public Lands History Center is proud to bring Yufna Soldier Wolf to Colorado State University’s campus as American West Program speaker this fall.
A former director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the founder of Soldier Wolf Consulting, Yufna Soldier Wolf will share her experience successfully repatriating three Northern Arapaho children from the Carlisle Indian School, the United States’ oldest and largest residential school (1879-1918).
The Indian residential school system’s abuses towards children included inadequate food and medical care as well as physical and emotional abuse. As a result, many children perished at school, far away from their families and communities, and were buried on school grounds. The residential school system’s brutality made international headlines as recently as July of 2021, when First Nations groups discovered over 1,100 unmarked graves at residential schools across Canada. Together with Northern Arapaho elders, Soldier Wolf negotiated with the U.S. Army to implement the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to bring these children home.
Join us to hear Soldier Wolf’s story at the PLHC’s American West Program via Zoom on October 14 from 6-7:30 p.m.