Reburial of West Virginia American Indian remains delayed

Charleston, West Virginia (AP) 1-09

Plans to rebury 600 American Indian remains in West Virginia are in limbo because the state says they need to be re-examined.

The remains were studied at Ohio State University last year and then sent to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The remains were unearthed in a western region of the state in 1963. During the two-year dig, crews also discovered artifacts and the outlines of a village at least 400 years old.

Now, state officials say they must re-inventory the remains to comply with a 1990 federal law designed to protect American Indian remains.

However, Putnam County Commissioner Joe Haynes says Ohio State has already done that work. He’s pressing for a quick burial at an undisclosed location.