Colorado Native Americans model for burial rules

DURANGO — Colorado’s Native American tribes are becoming a model for carrying out new laws setting up rules for reburial of the remains of their ancestors.

According to the Durango Herald, the Southern Ute Tribal Council and Ute Mountain Utes have been working with state and federal agencies in Colorado on plans they will offer at a meeting in May. The plan lays out ways to identify sacred lands within Colorado and how to protect them, even if the tribe of the remains cannot be determined.

The law requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American human remains, funerary items and sacred objects to the tribes.



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