Gila asks tribes to claim Native American remains

Silver City, New Mexico (AP) 4-09

Gila National Forest officials want tribes to claim Native American human remains and associated artifacts found on forest land in Grant and Catron counties of southwestern New Mexico.

A published legal notice says the remains of 48 people and items believed placed with the bodies came from lands recognized as the homeland the Chiricahua Apache tribe, but that evidence shows the Acoma and Zuni pueblos in New Mexico and the Hopi tribe in Arizona “have a stronger cultural relationship” to the remains.

The largest finds include remains of 20 people from a Grant County location that was a former Mogollon Indian site, and 11 bodies and funerary objects from Diamond Creek in Catron County.







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