Hiawatha Asylum Cemetery

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Hiawatha Asylum Cemetery

Canton, Lincoln County, South Dakota, USA
Memorials 129 added (95% photographed)

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In 1898, Congress created the first and only Institution for insane Indians in the United States. The doors of Hiawatha Insane asylum in Canton, South Dakota, opened in January 1903. During its 32 years, Hiawatha housed more than 350 Indians from tribes throughout North America. Many men, women, and children were placed there not because of mental illness, but because they fought with a white man or an agency. These were "traditional spiritual people or teenagers who misbehaved or people the Indian Agent didn't like," said Harold Iron Shield, founder of the Native American Reburial Restoration Committee. The cemetery has 121 known burials.

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GPS Coordinates: 43.30407, -96.55176

  • Added: 3 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2178135