Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

Haskell alum and last female survivor of Carlisle boarding school dies

April 29, 2001


— Margaret Tarbell "Waienhawi" Lazore, who was identified by a historical society as the last surviving female resident of Carlisle Indian Industrial School, has died in a nursing home in Massena, N.Y. She was 99.

Lazore was born June 3, 1901, in Hogansburg, N.Y. She died Friday.

Carlisle was among the first in a series of boarding schools for American Indians that were widely established in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Lazore came to Carlisle in 1915 after her mother died, leaving her and her two brothers orphaned. She spoke only Mohawk when she arrived and had to learn English at the school.

In 1917, she was commander of a company in the Carlisle Indian School Marching Band, which marched at President Woodrow Wilson's inaugural.

After Carlisle closed in 1918, she completed her studies at Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kan., graduating in 1920.

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