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NORTON, Kan. (AP) -- A federal agency has begun preservation work at a site
that is believed to be an American Indian burial ground.
The Bureau of Reclamation took over security Aug. 6 at the site at the
Sebelius Reservoir in north-central Kansas.
Human remains were found there July 20. After an investigation by the Norton
County Sheriff's Department ruled out foul play, the remains were turned over
to the Bureau of Reclamation.
Bill Chada, bureau area archaeologist based in Grand Island, Neb., said that
the site where the remains were found will not be disclosed. It is under
24-hour surveillance to keep the integrity of the site intact and in accord
with federal law that governs such sites.
Chada has turned down media requests to view the site.
Chada said the bureau continues to consult with 10 Indian tribes that might
have used the site as a burial ground and that an action plan is being
The 10 tribes involved include the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation in Wyoming and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule
Reservation in South Dakota.
One of the tribes has asked that no photographic coverage or public
visitation be allowed.
Chada said, "The site is very vulnerable, and we are in the middle of the
The process is expected to be complete by mid- to late September, he said.
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