Notice of Intent to Repatriate
The National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution plans to repatriate the following to the Northwestern Band of the Shoshoni Nation:
Human remains of two individuals collected from the Bear River massacre site in southeastern Idaho in 1863 by U.S. Army personnel and sent to the Army Medical Museum in Washington DC. They were transferred to the National Museum of Natural History in 1898. The remains were purported to belong to chiefs Lehi and Bear Hunter who were killed in the incident, but the attributes of the remains are inconsistent with the chiefs. However, the preponderance of the evidence supports that the remains were removed from the massacre site and that the individuals are culturally affiliated with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.
Human remains of one individual removed from a mound or knoll near Warren, Weber County, Utah, by Mr. James Marriott while leveling a mound or knoll on his farm on May 9, 1930. They were acquired by amateur archaeologist Claud S. Grow who sent them to the Smithsonian Institution. The preponderance of the evidence suggests this individual was most likely Shoshone and is culturally affiliated with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshoni Nation.
Remains of a total of three individuals will be repatriated to the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.
For more information, please contact Eric Hollinger before July 22, 2012 at (202) 633-0872, Repatriation Office, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NMNH MRC 138, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012.