GENOA, Neb. — State Archeologist Dave Williams looked on as a search team strung white rope between rows of stakes placed in the rain-soaked ground last week.

The team created a 60- by 90-foot grid on a slice of what used to be the sprawling campus of the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School.

It had taken more than a year to narrow down the possible location of the school’s lost graves to this grassy patch of land in Genoa, Nebraska — a city of 1,000 people that was once home to one of the largest federal Native American boarding schools in the U.S.

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