Cabinet Photograph
Barton - Photographer
Chamberlain, South Dakota, United States.
c. 1890s

...received a reply stating that they had no information that they could share that might have some shed light on the subjects in the photo.

I have considered the possibility that both may have been students at one of the Indian Schools which were established to "educate" Native American children and young adults in the
ways of white culture, language and society usually at the expense of their own. I have not found any reference to such a school in the vicinity of Chamberlain during this photograph's
time period.

Perhaps a clue to the identity of these young people lies with the distinctive pin or badge that the seated man wears on his lapel. Quatrefoil in design and resembling a Civil War era
corps badge, it may represent a school, church or other institution to which  they may have belonged.

Until more information comes to light this image will remain an anonymous and poignant reminder of the passing of not just the frontier but of an ancient and rich way of life.