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Grave & Artifact Repatriation

Wind River

article Documentary traces tribal artifacts’ return to Wind River Reservation (1/13/2017)
(Wyoming) -- Part of the legacy of the Episcopal Church’s history on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming intersects with the issue of ownership of tribal...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article North Dakota challenges pipeline developer argument vs. fine (1/4/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Staffers with the North Dakota Public Service Commission say there's no doubt the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline violated...
article How the archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline went wrong (11/21/2016)
(North Dakota) -- This summer, Tim Mentz Sr. took to YouTube to tell the world about the destruction of his cultural heritage. A former tribal historic preservation...
article PSC files $15,000 complaint against Dakota Access Pipeline (11/8/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Dakota Access LLC will be notified of a $15,000 fine for not filing proper certification on a reroute of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to state...
article State archaeologist to visit pipeline site where tribe says sacred sites were destroyed (9/7/2016)
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's Historic Preservation Office plans to look into whether bulldozers clearing a path last Saturday for the Dakota Access Pipeline...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

article Highway agencies deny that freeway work disturbed 20 Native American graves (1/4/2017)
(Arizona) -- The likely final effort to stop construction of the South Mountain Freeway until a federal appeals court rules on an appeal by opponents may come down to an...
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Kennewick Man

article Kennewick Man Skeleton To Return To Native Americans For Reburial (12/21/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Kennewick Man will finally be laid to rest, it has been decided. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given...
article Murray Celebrates Imminent Return Of Kennewick Man To Northwest Tribes (12/20/2016)
(Washington) -- Several Northwest tribes are meeting this week with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and with the Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic...
article Northwest Tribes Know Exactly How They Want To Return The Ancient One To Earth (12/20/2016)
(Washington) -- The tribes call Kennewick Man the Ancient One. And Armand Minthorn has been one of the most visible Northwest Native Americans fighting to rebury those...
article Kennewick Man to return to Native Americans for reburial (12/19/2016)
(Washington) -- The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in...
article After decade-long legal fight, Kennewick Man is set to be returned to Native American tribes (12/11/2016)
(Washington) -- It may have taken an act of Congress, but the Kennewick Man’s weary bones will now be laid to rest in a sacred grave on Native American tribal land...
article Congress will send Kennewick Man skeleton back to native tribes (12/11/2016)
(Washington) -- Congress has passed legislation enabling the transfer of the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man from the federal government to Native American tribes...
article Kennewick Man Would Return To Tribes Under Law Pending In Congress (12/7/2016)
(Washington) -- Members of the U.S. House and Senate expect to pass a law in the next few days that would return a 9,000-year old set of human remains to Northwest...
article Kennewick Man skeleton closer to tribal return (12/5/2016)
(Washington) -- Legislation that would return the 8,400-year-old bones of Kennewick Man to Columbia Basin tribes could become law in the coming weeks. The legislation...
article Conference continues on return of Ancient One (10/26/2016)
(Washington) -- A committee from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate is now meeting to reconcile two versions of the Water Resource Development Act. The...
article Case building to link ancient Kennewick Man to modern tribes (10/10/2016)
(Washington) -- A case is being built that ancient Kennewick Man was not a lone traveler, wandering the Columbia Plateau amongst people who looked little like him. He...
article Ancient 'Kennewick Man' remains returned to Columbia River tribes (10/3/2016)
(Washington) -- Native American tribes in Washington State are celebrating after the U.S. Congress passed legislation to turn over ancient Indigenous human remains. The...
article Bones of 'Kennewick Man' returning home for burial (9/30/2016)
(Washington) -- The 9,000-year-old bones known as "Kennewick Man" or "the Ancient One" will be returned to Columbia River tribes for burial under...
article Skeleton of Kennewick Man could soon go to Washington state tribes (9/16/2016)
(Washington) -- Two decades after college students discovered the skeleton of the 8,400-year old Kennewick Man along the banks of the Columbia River, the U.S. Senate...
article Yakama Nation Applauds the U.S. Senate’s Action to Return Ancient One for Reburial (9/16/2016)
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation is pleased with the United States Senate’s action today, approving legislation that returns the Ancient One (also known as the...
article Tribes commemorate 20 years since Kennewick Man discovery (7/30/2016)
(Washington) -- It was 20 years ago that the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man was discovered. Members of numerous Indian tribes gathered Thursday along the...
article Where Kennewick Man Stands, 20 Years After Discovery (7/28/2016)
(Washington) -- A legal saga involving five Native American tribes and a group of scientists—which may now be drawing to a close—began on July 28, 1996. On...
article Tribes lobby for return of the Ancient One (6/8/2016)
(Washington) -- Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Wanapum Band, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Nez...
article Northwest Tribes Push One More Law To Rebury Kennewick Man (6/6/2016)
(Washington) -- Several Northwest tribes including the Umatilla in northeast Oregon and the Yakama in central Washington state are in Washington D.C. this week. They...
article Kennewick Man will be reburied, but quandaries around human remains won’t (5/19/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- A mysterious set of 9,000-year-old bones, unearthed nearly 20 years ago in Washington, is finally going home. Following bitter disputes, five Native...
article Scientists, bureaucrats and Indians fight over prehistoric Kennewick Man (5/15/2016)
(Washington) -- In 1996, college students Will Thomas and David Deacy found a skull in shallow water along the banks of the Columbia River in Washington and reported the...
article How should the Ancient One's story end? (5/14/2016)
(Colorado) -- The epic saga of the skeleton known as the Ancient One (by Native Americans) and Kennewick Man (by scientists) has taken a wild turn. The story's...
21 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Afton projects on hold because of tribes' concerns (11/8/2016)
(Minnesota) -- Four major projects in downtown Afton are on hold after representatives of tribal governments expressed concerns about possible ancient American Indian...
article Village of Gulkana looks to Gov. Walker to ‘right a wrong,’ get back burial grounds (10/28/2016)
(Alaska) -- Nestled in the woods just north of Glennallen lie the descendants of the Ewan family. If Roy S. Ewan had to guess how many were buried beneath the surface,...
article Kumeyaay Indians say Navy building site is a sacred burial ground (8/31/2016)
(California) -- Dozens of Native American Indians staged a protest Wednesday morning about the building of Naval Base Coronado’s new SEAL training center on what...
article Native American artifacts on site of golf course (5/8/2016)
(Wisconsin) -- Land that the Kohler Co. envisions for a high-end golf course along the shore of Lake Michigan contains thousands of cultural artifacts dating back more...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Jim Thorpe

article Jim Thorpe's family: His 'spirit isn't rested' while body is buried in Pennsylvania (7/29/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- In a legal battle that has been going on since 2010, Jim Thorpe's children want their father's grave moved from Pennsylvania to his native...
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Wounded Knee

article Lakota Elder Questions Sale Of Wounded Knee Rifles (7/5/2016)
(South Dakota) -- Heritage Auctions’ web site referred to all of the items sold as “The Rathbun Family Collection”. The rifles are designated as having...
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Carlisle School

article Ancient American Indian tribe pushing to have the remains of 10 of their 186 children who died at 'culture cleansing' school 130 years ago finally brought home (6/27/2016)
(South Dakota) -- An ancient tribe of South Dakotan American Indians are seeking to retrieve the bones of children who perished during an episode of forced assimilation...
article Can the Army tell who's buried at the Carlisle Indian cemetery? (6/24/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- There's no doubt that Earnest Knocks Off, son of a Sioux chief, lies buried among nearly 200 children in the Indian cemetery here. The question is...
article Letters: Native Americans' sad, continuing saga (5/22/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- I applaud the Inquirer for publishing Jeff Gammage's articles about Native Americans' efforts to bring their relatives' remains home from...
article Carlisle Barracks 'will be in support' of moving and re-burying at least 10 Native American children (5/18/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- Last week, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Army promised to pay to move and re-bury the remains of at least 10 Native American children who...
article Army's promise to Carlisle Indians' kin creates hope, skepticism (5/15/2016)
(South Dakota) -- Lila Kills In Sight grew up not knowing that she had a relative buried in far-off Pennsylvania, a boy who went away to boarding school and never came...
article Lakota women look to heal severed maternal bonds with return of remains of ancestors buried in Carlisle (5/11/2016)
(South Dakota) -- Historically, the women of the Lakota nation - as in almost all other Native American communities - played a critical role in the life of the family...
article Remains Of Native Children Buried At Boarding School To Return Home (5/11/2016)
(South Dakota) -- The remains of Northern Arapahoe children who died more than a century ago at a boarding school in Pennsylvania can finally return home. That’s...
article Tears flow as Lakota tribal leaders urge feds to return remains of children (5/11/2016)
(South Dakota) -- The wasna — the sweet, grainy Lakota ceremonial food — was served. The invocation was said by elders and spiritual leaders, and welcome...
article South Dakota Tribe Seeks Children's Century-Old Remains (5/10/2016)
(South Dakota) -- The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died nearly 2,000 miles away from their homes while being forced to attend a government-run...
article Tribal leaders implore Army officials: 'Bring our children home' (5/10/2016)
(South Dakota) -- Her hands didn't shake when she took the microphone, nor did her voice tremble when she spoke. Yufna Soldier Wolf had waited a long time to speak...
article Sioux voices speak of prophecy and spirituality: Efforts to return ancestors buried in Carlisle (5/9/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- The traditional Sioux legend known as "otiwote" holds that a person is born into this world through the sacredness of water. When the mother...
article South Dakota tribe seeks children's century-old remains from Pa. school (5/9/2016)
(South Dakota) -- The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died while being forced to attend a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania over a...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Native history, Bakken pipeline clash in Iowa Blood Run area (6/12/2016)
(Iowa) -- The planned route of the Bakken oil pipeline in northwest Iowa would lie near an area in Lyon County that archaeologists say was essentially the state capital...
article Tribal land issues block Bakken pipeline in Iowa (5/27/2016)
(Iowa) -- State and federal officials are blocking work on the planned Bakken oil pipeline in three Iowa counties after questions were raised about the possible...
article Why the Iowa portion of Midwest oil pipeline could be delayed (5/22/2016)
(Iowa) -- The construction of a crude oil pipeline that would cross the Midwestern United States has hit a roadblock in Iowa amid lawsuits challenging the eminent domain...
article If Confirmed, Native American Site May Delay $3.8B Pipeline (5/20/2016)
(Iowa) -- Discovery of an archaeological site that may have cultural significance to Native Americans could further delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Idle No More

article Idle No More France Demonstrates Sale of Sacred Native Objects in Paris (5/31/2016)
(Paris) -- Facing cold springtime rains, Idle No More staged a demonstration outside the Hotel Drouot in Paris on Monday to protest the sale of American Indian sacred...
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Other News

article Get ready for two more years of traffic headaches at the Jersey Shore (1/15/2017)
(New Jersey) -- It can be a "delicate balancing act" for transportation officials trying to handle Jersey Shore drivers - how to accommodate them on the Garden...
article Dispute over Berkeley project: likely sacred Indian burial site (1/15/2017)
(California) -- At first glance, the parking lot of Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley might seem like an odd place for prayer. Few signs above ground hint...
article Bill seeks to ban the sale of Native American cultural objects (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- A bill before the Montana House seeks to ban the sale of culturally significant Native American objects. House Bill 114, sponsored by Rep. George Kipp III,...
article Bill protects sacred Native American objects (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- A House committee on Wednesday reviewed a proposed bill that would prohibit the sale or commercial transaction of Native American items of cultural...
article North America’s Oldest Mummy Returns to a Native Tribe (1/9/2017)
(Nevada) -- On November 23, the US Department of the Interior announced that, as of five days prior, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Indian Tribe had control over the human...
article AUDIO: Lasers help uncover Native American history in northern Michigan (1/7/2017)
(Michigan) -- We could be on the cusp of learning a lot more about the native cultures that inhabited Michigan before European settlement. Meghan Howey is a researcher...
article Three tribes express interest in Ocean Shores crab pot skull (1/5/2017)
(Washington) -- Just weeks after scientists identified the 2,300-year old skull found in a crab pot off Ocean Shores in 2014 as Native American, three local tribes have...
article Committee Votes on How Native American Burial Grounds Should Be Handled in Wisconsin (1/3/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- There is disagreement in Wisconsin over how to handle some Native American burial mounds. At odds are tribal representatives and business owners. For...
article Shielded Native American sites thrust into debate over dams (1/3/2017)
(Idaho) -- A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it’s tasked...
article Delaware center site is Native American burial ground, opponents say (12/29/2016)
(Delaware) -- A Delaware developer’s plan to create a green space and shopping center in Lewes, Delaware, an idyllic shore town that was the site of the first...
article Protesters: Shopping center would be on burial ground (12/29/2016)
(Delaware) -- A proposed shopping center in Lewes is drawing protests from a group who says the development would be built on a sacred Native American burial ground....
article 3,800-year-old potato garden discovered in Canada (12/27/2016)
(British Columbia) -- Ancient spuds recently dug up on Canada’s Pacific coast are blackened and surely unedible, but are the first proof, say researchers, that...
article Ancient Tool Taken From a Wiyot Burial Ground Has Been Removed From Online Auction But Not Returned to Tribe (12/23/2016)
(California) -- Earlier this week we reported on a basalt pestle being sold in an online auction nearly 90 years after it was unearthed from a Wiyot burial ground on...
article Crab-pot skull definitely Indian; tribes notified (12/13/2016)
(Washington) -- Several Western Washington tribes have been notified and have until the end of this week to let the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic...
article The Scribbler: After improving Indian graves, he wants to bury the hatchet (12/13/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- For nearly 2 1/2 centuries, the graves of two American Indians have existed in relative obscurity on a farm along Indian Village Road in Penn Township...
article Grading turns up more Indian artifacts at Butterfield project (12/11/2016)
(California) -- A pestle and a small amount of animal bone have been found on phase two of the Vila Borba project in the Butterfield area of Chino Hills, the same area...
article Pearce leads effort to protect Tribal Patrimony (12/8/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress agreed to H Con Res 122, Congressman Steve Pearce’s PROTECT Patrimony Resolution. This resolution makes it the policy of the United...
article DNA testing settles custody battle over oldest mummy (12/7/2016)
(Nevada) -- The battle over the oldest known mummy in North America — called the “Spirit Cave Mummy” — is over after DNA testing sided with an...
article North America’s Oldest Mummy Returned to U.S. Tribe after Genome Sequencing (12/7/2016)
(Nevada) -- The sequencing of a 10,600-year-old genome has settled a lengthy legal dispute over who should own the oldest mummy in North America—and given...
article Pearce Leads Effort To Protect Tribal Artifacts (12/6/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Congress agreed to H Con Res 122, Congressman Steve Pearce’s PROTECT Patrimony Resolution. This resolution makes it the policy of the United States...

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