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Massacre remains returned to tribe | Preston Citizen

Massacre remains returned to tribe

June 6, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

TREMONTON — On Saturday, May 26, more than 150 years after the Bear River Massacre, two teenage remains, a boy and girl, were laid to rest at the Washakie tribal cemetery just north of Plymouth, UT. Two other tribal members were also interred after the remains were returned to the tribe.

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The remains were wrapped in rabbit skins and laid in freshly dug graves. Larry Neaman, a tribal elder sang a sacred burial song in his native language. The burial song was passed down from generation to generation.

The remains were obtained from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. were they were taken after the battle.

Darren Parry, vice-chair of the Shoshone governing council, speaks at the 150th anniversary of the Bear River Massacre this past January. Parry was one of the officials who helped lay to rest the remains of massacre victims recently.

Darren Parry, vice-chair of the Shoshone
governing council, speaks at the 150th anniversary
of the Bear River Massacre this past January.
Parry was one of the officials who helped
lay to rest the remains of massacre victims recently.

Returning what was left of the teenagers was part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. A federal law enacted in 1990.

The Act requires federal agencies and institutions return Native American human remains to lineal descendants.

This story is sponsored by Brady’s Plant Ranch.

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