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Repatriation of Native American Remains

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Image from poster issued at repatriation festival at Mount Lassen National Park.

In furtherance of California public policy that promotes repatriation of Native American remains, the Attorney General, on May 26, 1999, filed suit in the San Mateo County Superior Court to authorize the removal of Ishi's remains from the dedicated cemetery where they had been resting. Ishi was believed to be the last of the Yahi Indians. California Native Americans had been seeking to retrieve and reinter the remains of Ishi that were held in the Smithsonian Institution and a cemetery in California.(Lockyer, et al. v. Olivet Memorial Park, et al., Redding Rancheria and Pit River Tribe, Real Parties and Interest. On April 12, 2000, the court issued an order authorizing removal of Ishi's remains from the cemetery and into the possession of representatives of two California tribes for appropriate disposition in accordance with Native American traditions.

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