South Dakota ex-boarding school for Native children owning up to its past

The Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota has undertaken a reckoning with its troubled past

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Middle schooler Rarity Cournoyer stood at the heart of the Red Cloud Indian School campus and chanted a prayer song firmly and solemnly in the Lakota language — in a place where past generations of students were punished for speaking their mother tongue. Her classmates stood around her at a prayer circle designed with archetypes of…