A year after their discovery in Hartford, Michigan, the remains of their ancestors have been turned over to tribal authorities of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
The bones were found by a tree trimming/logging company in Van Buren County in July 2011 after they had been uncovered by a storm, reported WSBT-TV. The remains were sent to the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University to be examined and dated.
After a year of study the remains were found to be between 100 and 200 years old and Native American. WSBT-TV reported that police then turned the remains over to the Pokagon Band. “The Pokagon homeland is identified now as the six counties of LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Marshall and Kosciusko in northern Indiana and the four counties of Berrien, Cass, Van Buren and Allegan in southwest Michigan,” reads the Pokagon website.