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Cornell University Returns Native Ancestors 60 Years After They Were Dug out of the Ground
Dean Lyons, an Oneida Nation Turtle Clan member, spoke to three of his ancestors during a transfer ceremony at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on Feb. 21. After nearly 60 years, university staff returned the human remains of three Oneida ancestors who were dug out of the ground and kept by Cornell’s anthropology department in the campus archive. In August of 1964, a property owner digging a waterline ditch in upstate New York’s Broome County, unearthed the human remains of at least three people, according to a Federal Register notice.