Long Way Home

After 112 years, Albert Afraid of Hawk is back home.

The remains of a man who died young while touring the world with Buffalo Bill were hidden for more than a century in an unmarked grave some 1,700 miles from his South Dakota Indian reservation.

Now Albert Afraid of Hawk is returning home. He’ll be reburied Sunday in accordance with Lakota tradition, thanks largely to a curious and persistent Connecticut history buff.

Bob Young uncovered records of the Oglala Sioux member’s death at a Connecticut hospital after a bout with food poisoning from eating bad corn. A few years ago, Young pieced the details together and reached out to Afraid of Hawk’s family members.

Mr. Young did a good thing, here. Be at peace, Afraid of Hawk.

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