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102 native American children die at government boarding school

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Researchers in the U.S. state of Nebraska have identified 102 students who died at a government-run boarding school as Native American children, British newspaper The Independent said in a report.

The students, most of them young children, were identified as researchers continue to search for a cemetery used by the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School in Genoa with ground-penetrating radar in recent weeks.

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The report said ranging in age from four to their early 20s, many of the children died from diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and measles.

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Margaret Jacobs, a professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-director of the project, said the true death toll of students at the federal boarding school is likely to be much higher than the 102 so far identified.

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“These children died at the school, they did not get a chance to go home.

“The descendants deserve to know what happened to their ancestors.’’ Jacobs said.

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