10,245 Indigenous Remains Reported at University of Alabama
September 8, 2022
The University of Alabama has more than 10,000 Native American human remains in its possession, according to a federal notice published by the National Park Service last week.
It's the largest number of Native American human remains ever reported in such a notice, according to the National Park Service database-nearly four times larger than the current population of Moundville, Alabama.
The public Notice of Inventory Completion, published on Aug. 30 in the Federal Register, is the first step in returning the ancestors - along with around 1,500 of their burial items - to their lineal descendants across seven Muskogean language-speaking tribes: The Muscogee Nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.