Carlisle Indian School

Location: Carlisle, PA
Years of Operation: 1879-1918

Brief History: 

Carlisle was the first off-reservation Indian boarding school and became the model for Indian schools throughout the nation. The school was founded by Captain Richard Pratt, who advocated for a militaristic approach to educating Native children. Students woke each morning to a bugle call and spent half the day in class and the other half in vocational training. Students were harshly disciplined for speaking their Native language or practicing traditional ways. Pratt's founding principle for the school was, "Kill the Indian, Save the Man." Many of the first children who attended the school were sent voluntarily by their parents after being convinced by Pratt that they needed the knowledge to protect themselves. Later children were forced to attend. At its peak, Carlisle enrolled about 1,000 students a year.

A well-known graduate of the Carlisle Indian School was Jim Thorpe (Sac & Fox), who was named "Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century" by the Associated Press.

The site of the school is now home to the United States Army War College. Its history, including that of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, can be found on the War College's web site at:

Primary Sources:

Site Coordinator:

White Bison, Inc.


Contact number:

Toll Free: 1-877-871-1495


Event Date and Time:

June 21, 2009

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Event Location:

Letort View Community Center*

United States Army War College

Carlisle, PA


Event Flyer:

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* This event will be held on military property.

For driving directions to the Carlisle Barracks, go to and select "Visitors" from the menu and then "Driving Directions."

Enter the Carlisle Barracks from the Claremont Road Vehicle Access Center. Please have proof of both automobile insurance and vehicle registration. Passengers 18 and above will need a valid photo ID. All cars entering the post are subject to search so please allow a little extra time for possible delays at the Checkpoint.

The Vehicle Access Center has strip maps available to help Visitors find the Letort View Community Center and Parking Lot.

The event at the Community Center will conclude at 2:00 p.m. and the Journey crew will, at that time, escort the Sacred Hoop to the cemetery grounds. You are invited to join us in this walk.

For more information on this event, contact White Bison, Inc. at 719-548-9407 or use our toll free number listed above.