American Indian relatives need to be buried

American Indians still face issues regarding the possession of the remains of their ancestors that other Americans do not encounter.

The Free Press writes about another current issue in which the Cranbrook Institute of Science has a dozen cardboard boxes “containing the remains — and, some would argue, the souls — of 59 American Indians.”

The Bloomfield Hills facility has the remains of American Indians who roamed the forests, lakes, and streams of Michigan as long as 3,000 years ago.

“Early next month, Cranbrook will hand over those remains to a coalition of Michigan tribes for burial on American Indian lands, the Free Press has learned. The University of Michigan is planning a similar transfer in the near future, part of a national trend by museums, universities and institutions.”

The “national trend” the paper refers to is mandated by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act that Congress enacted in 1990. Despite that twenty year old law, many Indian human remains and funerary objects remain in the possession and on display in perhaps hundreds of museums and/or educational facilities across the country.

Read the entire Free Press story.

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