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Tribe Gets OK to Rebury Ancestors' Remains

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Thanks to a gesture of neighborliness from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a San Gabriel Indian tribe will be able to rebury the remains of some of its ancestors after more than 50 years.

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Raymond M Burton (156)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 5:26 am
This should be the Rule, not an exception !

kat yazzie (400)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 5:40 am
It's very sad they were forced to go thru this!

Lone W (1428)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 5:44 am

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 6:01 am
This should have never happened in the first place. Everyone on this planet has rights! I feel sad for them, once you are laid to rest it should stay that way! No one has the right to disturb graves of anyone.

TY Kat my igido {sister} for this article. People should just leave things as they are and meant to be. Noted. I will forward this.

Walk in peace all,

Dandelion G (367)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 6:56 am
What gets me is that these same people who keep the remains of others would be the same people that would be in an uproar if their Great Grandmothers bones were in somebody else's museum. We keep coming up with more remains why don't the various institutions do a thorough search and bring forth all the remains they should not have.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 7:02 am
Thanks Kat. Noted.

Marion Y (322)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 7:08 am project...stored at museum...SHAMEFUL AND DISGRACEFUL!!!

I'm glad these remains will finally find a resting place. Not in the original location, mind you, but nearby.

We clearly have much spiritual work to do in America. Forget religion. Let's try to save the spirit.

Pamylle G (461)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 8:29 am
I am happy to see this happen.

Maureen S (35)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 10:44 am
Sacred souls should be allowed to be buried with honor. Glad this is happening.

Brenda H (29)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 1:50 pm

Deborah N (37)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 6:34 pm
Its sad that they can always use this Grave Robbing as Science so they can study the humans that came before us.. so they have more on how they lived before others came.. I believe ALL human remains should be left alone.. but theres no regards for respect of the dead in the name of science.. more & more Native Americans are demanding respect for there dead.. & they should recieve that.. for they respect there dead & was taught so in the beginning.. am very glad that these remains will be respectfully reburied & I hope left alone...what bothers me is that they had to ahve the OKAY to rebury there own.. what gives anyone the right to okay what shoudl have been there RIGHT in the first place.. I feel that the whites have gone over & above there boundary here,,, they still think they own the Native Americans.. & can still tell them what they can do & what they can't do.. this is so wrong ...

Henry P (171)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 8:02 pm
Noted the Spirit At work!

Kathy W (299)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 10:12 pm
"In the mid 1950s, the remains of about three Gabrielino Indians were unearthed at the Chilao Campground in the San Gabriel Mountains during a construction project. Those remains eventually wound up at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, where they remained in storage until one week ago, when they were repatriated to the Gabrielino/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians.".... Since the mid 1950's!... This should have been done long ago. Am glad it is FINALLY happening.
Thank you Kat.


Lucien Pan Morningstar (217)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 10:42 pm
about time ... as vine deloria ( a lokota and writer of custer died for your sins) said worse than guns whiskey & small pox was the anthropologist

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 11:15 pm
What the....?...."Federally recognized tribes" are..."allowed" to reclaim the remains of their ancestors....from government STORAGE facilities...?....50 years later...? This makes no sense to me whatsoever. I'm so sorry they were ever removed in the first place. So very wrong....

Myriah Maston (23)
Saturday November 29, 2008, 11:28 pm
It's ashame that this is not even a rare injustice. My Great Grandma railed for years to get the remains of our local tribes' anccestors off of display in the local museum. I'm glad that the remains are being put to rest as they should have been in the first place.

Ester Hellen (228)
Sunday November 30, 2008, 2:50 am
respect for remains and religion is something to cherise.I am happy to see that there are still people who will stand up for this and want to show respect for their believes.
A friend of mine (and heard some others saying the same thing)went to his fathers grave and found some bones at the graveyard.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 30, 2008, 3:22 am
I am French, so I do not allow me to criticize or give a moral lesson !

But as human being, I believe that every human family (in the broadest sense) has the right to decide what to do and how.
No one has the right to impose his thinking, either on behalf of his nationality, of his race, of his beliefs, of his religion.

Thank you for this very important information.
Peace and love for everyone.

Bob F (10)
Sunday November 30, 2008, 3:08 pm
Theres a lot of bones in a lot of museums around the country and world. Thats the way we are. Let them have there bones back. We may learn from the dead, but us, the living are what we should be more worried about. Besides, sometimes we dont care. I dont see any mass protests to bury King Tut. I guess some people feel guilty here in the US. Even if you where not alive when it happened.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday November 30, 2008, 3:32 pm
Bob ! This is where "respect" for other people's cultural and religious practices comes in. In doesn't matter what is done in my home. It is about respecting what is done in your home when I visit you. There's a big world out there, and us westerners aren't the only ones living in it. There should be no guilt if graves hadn't been robbed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 30, 2008, 3:35 pm
I do feel a twinge of guilt when I think of these things, yes...but more profoundly,anger,embarrassment, shame and frustration for the disrespect, apathy, animosity, neglect,abuse and exploitation these people have had to endure. "Federally recognized tribes...." How arrogant.

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Monday December 1, 2008, 10:23 am
Heya, Kat ! Fie,for shame on the developers.Its about time that the remains have been finally returned to their descendants. Can you imagine just how empty the museums of the world would be if all disinterred remains and artifacts were returned to their rightful places?I'm all for it!
And to have had them in storage for 50years is a travesty. I would not want to have had the karma of those involved. Would you? Power to this tribe and all those clans who're still fighting for the same right.
Nun wah doe he yah duh/ Peace in Our Quest for Truth. May Justice prevail.

Ann Sumpter (30)
Monday December 1, 2008, 3:43 pm
Noted..May Justice prevail
Thank you Kat...
for this very important information.

Tuesday December 2, 2008, 5:59 pm
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