Fw: Spiritual Ceremony at Insane Asylum Cemetery

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Sat, 20 Mar 1999 20:58:08 -0500

 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
   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 harse 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 blacken 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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