American Indian skulls returned to Cheyenne River Sioux

Aberdeen, South Dakota (AP) September 2010

Two old American Indian skulls discovered in a Potter County home in 2007 were returned to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe this summer.

Sheriff Alan McClain says he personally delivered the skulls to the tribe’s cultural affairs and antiquities offices.

McClain says the skulls were found by a woman looking to rent a home outside of Gettysburg. He speculates they were found by a previous tenant.

Forensics tests determined that the skulls were from Indian men between the age of 35 and 45. The time period they were from could not be pinpointed but McClain says they were old.

The skulls were in the sheriff’s office evidence room until July, when McClain started cleaning out old evidence.