Native American Concerns Committee - March 2002

Al Tonetti, Committee Chair

Fernald Reburial Facility

The OAC is a consulting party in the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to use part of the land at its Fernald facility, Hamilton County, for the reburial of repatriated Native American human remains and associated funerary items. Consulting party status enables the OAC to receive and review pertinent information, offer ideas, share our views, and consider possible solutions to related issues with the U.S. Department of Energy and other consulting parties. Recently, the Committee received general information about the proposed reburial facility from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Committee is reviewing the information and will prepare a recommendation to the Board of Directors concerning the matter.

Buffalo Site Human Remains

The Committee has been discussing and monitoring recent activities in West Virginia concerning the proposed reburial of the Buffalo site human remains currently in possession of The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University has completed its responsibilities pursuant to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The Buffalo site is a major Fort Ancient village in the town of Buffalo along the Kanawha River in Putnam County, northwest of Charleston. A local group wants the human remains returned to the Buffalo site and reburied on the property owned by American Electric Power.


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