April 4, 1995 in Nation/World

Fire Interrupts Reburial Ceremony

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Sioux officials reburying eight ancestors whose bones were returned by the Smithsonian Institution accidentally started a 50-acre grass fire while lighting a bundle of sage to purify the remains.

The blaze on tribal land disrupted the ceremony for 2 1/2 hours Sunday.

Collectors working for the Army had stolen the remains from graves between 1865 and 1877.

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