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Associated Press, Published January 27 2012

Pamida closing revives debate over burial site

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The closing of a Pamida store here has revived a debate on American Indian remains buried on the property – with some members of the Indian community saying this is a chance to restore honor to a site their ancestors occupied for thousands of years.

Skeletal remains of 22 people were uncovered as an addition to the store was being built in 1988. It was determined that the remains were Dakota Sioux, and elders from Sioux communities decided at the time that the remains should be reburied where they were discovered. Megan Treuer, who is Ojibwe, says her family was so angry when the remains were discovered that they never shopped at the store again.

“Just the fact that people are going into this store right now to buy whatever they’re going to buy ... it seems like a real ironic combination, because they’re walking on a huge grave,” she said.