CONAM to sponsor Carlisle Indian Industrial School tour

The EPA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) will sponsor a bus tour to the historic site of Carlisle (PA) Indian Industrial School June 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour bus will depart from and return to the EPA Conference Office. Visitors will tour the grounds of the former school’s grounds, where Native children and youth were taken to be acculturated for mainstream society. Barbara Landis will share her knowledge and passion for the school’s painful but proud history, including the old farmhouse that was saved from careless demolition recently by historians, advocates like EPA CONAM Co- Chairperson, Sandy Cianciulli (Lakota), and descendants of the students who learned and worked there.

The cost for the tour cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children. Advance registration is necessary (Deadline: June 10), and photo ID will be required to enter the Carlisle Barracks Visitor Center, a U.S. Army installation. The group have lunch at Hoss’ Restaurant, but the cost is not included. Checks payable to the EPA Conference (Memo: Carlisle Trip) should be mailed to Verna Colliver at 535 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA 19446. Questions? Contact Ms. Colliver at or 215-855-0797.

Top Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Cumberland County Historical Society

One of the few prominent Native Americans to support the Boarding School movement, Sioux chief American Horse sent his children and relatives to the Carlisle Indian School. In 1882 he visited the Pennsylvania school and sat for this photograph.