Reburial of West Virginia American Indian remains delayed

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Plans to rebury 600 American Indian remains are in limbo because the state says it needs to re-inventory the remains and find a tribe to claim them.

The remains were unearthed in 1963 in Buffalo. During the two-year dig, crews also discovered artifacts and the outlines of a village 400 to 500 years old.

The remains were studied at Ohio State University and were sent to the state Division of Culture and History last year.

Now, state officials say they must re-examine the remains to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a 1990 federal law designed to protect American Indian remains.

However, Putnam County Commissioner Joe Haynes is pressing for a quick burial at an undisclosed location. Haynes says Ohio State has already done the work being considered by the state.

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