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Federal remains inquiry st rtain
■ The U.S. attorney’s
office has not confirmed
whether the investigation
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
The U.S. attorney’s office could
not confirm Tuesday if the office
would launch a federal investiga
tion into the university’s handling of
American Indian remains.
Mike Wellman, first assistant
U.S. attorney, cited policy and said
he couldn’t verify that his office
was investigating allegations that
the university violated federal law.
Wellman also would not con
firm that a report detailing a state
investigation was forwarded from
Lancaster County Attorney Gary
Lacey’s office in October.
Wellman did say, however, that
Lacey wouldn’t lie about forward
ing the state’s report. Lacey’s office
said in a late October press release
that it had forwarded the report to
U.S. Attorney Tom Monaghan in
The state investigation, which
began last summer, sprang from
dozens of allegations made by
ji ;American Indians and anthropolo
gy department; faculty members
•regarding th«- University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s handling of
They alleged the remains were
studied and stored in ways that vio
lated both state and federal laws.
In October, Laeey said he for
warded a report detailing the state
patrol’s investigation to Monaghan,
so he could determine whether the
university violated the federal
Native American (Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act of 1990.
The act makes it illegal to study
remains without tribal permission.
In October, a Nebraska State
Patrol investigation found no evi
dence of any violation of state crim
inal code, which includes the state
Unmarked Human Burial Sites and
Skeleton Remains Protection Act of
That act makes the failure to
report the discovery of human bur
ial sites within 48 hours of their dis
covery a crime.
Some members of a group of
American Indian tribal representa
tives, coined the Working Group on
the University of Nebraska
Repatriation, have contacted the
U.S. attorney’s office in
Washington, D.C., requesting a fed
eral investigation, said Pemina
Yellow Bird, a NAGPRA represen
tative for the Three Affiliated Tribes
Tribal representatives have
expressed doubt on the validity of
the state investigation.
Group to discuss repatriation |
REPATRIATION from page 1
It involves more paperwork and
more discussion than would a
request for the repatriation of affili
ated remains. Naranjo said she
wouldn’t hypothesize as to the deci
sion the committee would make on
“Every case is interesting with
its various twists and turns,”
The review committee hasn’t
created a distinct policy about what
to do with requests to repatriate cul
turally unidentifiable remains, said
Laura Mahoney, National Park
Service NAGPRA Consultant in
Washington, D.C. \
The University of Nebraska
seems to have “pushed the case”
more than others have, Mahoney
said, which will make the results of
this week’s meeting more interest
Yellow Bird said the only major
obstacle she foresees in convincing
the committee to repatriate the
unaflfiliated remains is some of its
members connections to me scien
tific or museum industries.
The review committee is com
prised of seven members, six of
whom are nominated by tribes,
museums or scientific institutions.
The seventh is nominated by the
other six members.
Three on the committee were
nominated by museums or scientif
ic institutions. Three others were
nominated by American Indian
Depending on Grew’s presenta
tion in Santa Fe, the committee
probably will make a decision at the
end of the meeting, Naranjo said.
From what she has heard,
Naranjo said she was happy with
the willingness both the intertribal
group and the university have had to
Naranjo said she is looking for
ward to hearing what UNL has to
“I think that this one has long
been discussed between the tribal
groups and the University of
Nebraska, so I have some familiari
ty with it.”
But the working group, itself,
has not officially requested a feder
According to the NU general
counsel’s office, the university is
still awaiting the results of an inves
tigation by a Lincoln attorney who
was hired to look into whether UNL
violated university policy or state
NOTES from page 1 _
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Mother cited for neglect
Police cited a woman for child
neglect after she made her 4-year-old
daughter help her shoplift.
Monday afternoon the 37-year
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