Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois

The Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, recently closed in preparation for a move to a new location in Libertyville. Photo from Facebook

A museum in Illinois is repatriating the remains of 34 ancestors and burial objects to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, The Daily Herald reports.

The ancestors and funerary objects have been held by the Lake County Discovery Museum for decades, the paper said. Details are scarce but it appears that some of the items are connected to an inventory completion that was published in the Federal Register on June 8.

That notice indicates that ancestral remains and other artifacts were found in Lake County in the 1950s and 1960s. The notice was published in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Discussions are underway to repatriate additional ancestors and artifacts to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, The Daily Herald reported.

Both the Pokagon Band and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe are based in Michigan.

Read More on the Story:
Native American remains to be returned to tribe (The Daily Herald 9/13)

Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Inventory Completion: Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL (June 8, 2016)

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