The parents of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear request that their bodies be returned to them in order to have them buried near their homes. They note that while Richard Henry Pratt sent them frequent letters they were not aware that their children were near death and are now unable to fulfill their hope of returning home to help their people. In a post script Spotted Tail asks that any students who are ill and will not recover be sent home in order to allow them to die at home.
Request to Return the Bodies of Ernest White Thunder and Maud Swift Bear
December 27, 1880
National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, Entry 91, box 1, 1881-#339