[Austin American-Statesman] Indigenous tribe continues to push UT to return human remains

The Miakan-Garza Band, a Native American tribe local to Central Texas, is renewing calls for the University of Texas to “return” ancestral human remains to the tribe — more than six years after its original request.

The Miakan-Garza Band first requested three sets of ancient human remains located at UT’s Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in 2016 through a federal law known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, but the laboratory concluded there was no culturally identifiable information tying the remains to the tribe.

On Sept. 25, 2020, UT President Jay Hartzell wrote a letter which said the university would be seeking federal guidance from a review committee established by the law to offer the remains promptly for reburial. Nearly two years later, the tribe has not received the remains and is continuing to advocate for the “return of their ancestors” so they can be reburied.

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