Northwestern Band reburies teens killed in massacre of 1863

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation reburied the remains of two teenagers who were killed during the 1863 Bear River Massacre.

The tribe repatriated the remains of the teens, a boy and a girl, under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. They had been held by Smithsonian Institution since the massacre.

"It is to honor the old Indian custom and train of thought of returning them to their resting grounds," Vice Chairman Darren Parry said of the reburial ceremony, The Deseret News reported.

The reburial came on the 150th anniversary of the January 29, 1863, massacre in which as many as 400 tribal members were killed by the U.S. Army.

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