[Fwd: FW: Spiritual Ceremony at Insane Asylum Cemetery (fwd)]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 07 Apr 1999 14:34:27 -0400


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Date: Friday 19 March 1999 12:17:52
From: Northen Plains Media Consortium  <npmc@pepp.org>
To: KOLA  <kolahq@skynet.be>
Subject: Spiritual Ceremony at Insane Asylum Cemetery


For More Information
Contact: Harold Iron Shield
Phone:218-236-5434 or E-mail:npmc@pepp.org

PRESS RELEASE                    PRESS RELEASE

INSANE ASYLUM GATHERING SET FOR MAY 29, 1999

  A Spiritual ceremony will be held at the Hiawatha Insane Asylum
Cemetery
located in the Hiawatha golf course in Canton, South Dakota on Saturday,
May 29, 1999 beginning at 12:00 noon.

  The Asylum opened only 12 years after the Wounded Knee Massacre in
which
the United States government continued its campaign to stop all
spiritual
activities in communities on reservations nationwide.

  For thirty-two years the Bureau of Indian Affairs operated and
maintained the facility at Canton, providing patients of various tribes
with treatment that was influenced by a mixture of humanitarian concern.
Oftentimes, the treatment recieved by patients was harsh or in some form
of punishment.

  Because of ill treatment, the institution was under investigation by a
federal agent who witnessed deplorable conditions in the living quarters
of the patients.

  His investigation indicated that patients were beaten, women were
raped
by white male workers in the asylum, bed sheets were blackened because
of
the lack of change, chamber pots were not changed and the smell was so
bad
the investigator could not understand how patients continued to live in
such deplorable conditions.

  This year's organizers are asking all traditional, spiritual people to
attend this years ceremony as well as the public.


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