More Tuscarora Remains, Different Location, and ECU Is In The Middle

Marilyn Mejorado, a member of the Southern band of Tuscarora Indians, is planning to stage a protest next week against the Archeology department at ECU. Mejorado claims human remains dug up in Bertie County during excavation projects in the 60s and 70s now housed in the university's collection need to be returned to Mejorado and her family for proper burial. Archaeologists at East Carolina maintain they have been instructed by Indian Affairs officials in Washington D.C. and North Carolina not to negotiate with this group in Bertie County. Archaeologists we spoke with say by law, they are only supposed to work with the federally recognized Tuscaroras in New York.