Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 7 May 2015

Mexico Indian remains rescued from New York museum for burial

Northern Mexico's Yaqui Indians have buried their lost warriors after a two-year effort to rescue the remains from New York's American Museum of Natural History, where the victims of one of North America's last Indian massacres lay in storage for more than a century.

The burial capped an unprecedented joint effort by US and Mexican Indian tribes to press both governments to bring justice and closure to a 1902 massacre by Mexican federal troops that killed about 150 Yaqui men, women and children.

Jose Antonio Pompa, of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, said: "They would not be at peace with their souls and conscience until they got their people back to their land."

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