WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — Native American bones and funerary objects that have been in a suburban Chicago museum collection for decades will be returned to a Michigan-based tribe.
The Lake County Forest Preserve District on Tuesday approved plans to deliver the remains and objects to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Board President Ann B. Maine tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald the board is happy the remains and items “will go to where they belong and receive the proper respect.”
Pokagon official Marcus Winchester has said his tribe is committed to restoring the reverence owed to Native American ancestors. He said the remains will be ceremoniously reburied.
The remains were on display until the 1990 adoption of a law requiring federally funded agencies and institutions to return Native American cultural items.
——Information from: Daily Herald