National Park Service Plans to Return Bones to Oglala Sioux

National Park Service Plans to Return Bones to Oglala Sioux

ICTMN Staff
8/13/11

The Rapid City Journal reports that the National Park Service is prepared to return prehistoric bones found in Badlands National Park unless another tribe claims them before September 17.

The first set of human remains was found in 1958 and came into the park's possession in 1959 as a museum exhibit.  Then in 2002, a second set was found in White Butte, Pennington County, where they were removed and placed in a storage facility in Badlands National Park for protection.  The park had consulted with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

The park did a in depth survey of the bone.  After consultation with the tribes of North and South Dakota, the park found that a"preponderance of the evidence shows that the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation has a stronger cultural relationship," the Journal reported.

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