The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has agreed to return the remains of about 1,702 American Indians to tribal elders for proper burials. The agreement marks one of the largest repatriations of Indian remains under a 1990 federal law.
University chancellor James Moeser agreed Tuesday to return the remains within 30 days and also to erect a memorial and set aside an area where the bones of Indians were burned and their ashes scattered between 1965 and 1967, the Associated Press reported.
The university collected the bones during archeological digs undertaken over several decades.
More than 50 representatives of more than a dozen tribes in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and North and South Dakota were in Lincoln for the signing of the agreement.