By RODNEY D. BOAM
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.
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.
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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