Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in Alabama


The Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Photo from Facebook

Four tribes with historic ties to Alabama will be reburying ancestral remains that were uncovered at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Chickasaw Nation are jointly reburying the remains, The Cherokee One Feather reported. They tribes are reclaiming their ancestors under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The remains include three individuals, according to a January 7 notice that was published in the Federal Register.

Get the Story:
Tribe to rebury three sets of remains (The Cherokee One Feather 1/12)

Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Inventory Completion: Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN (January 7, 2016)

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