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Native American Remains Buried After Decades of Work

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After more than a decade of work, 125 Native American remains finally received a proper burial.

Tribes throughout the state have been working together to get the remains returned.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe held a burial ceremony on Friday in Isabella County near Mount Pleasant.

The remains were buried at a tribal cemetery and all were discovered in Michigan, with the exception of one.

They were dug up nearly 40 years ago, and have been held at the University of Michigan until recently. Under a federal law, the tribes were able to get the 4,000-year-old remains returned.

The anthropologist we spoke with estimates more than 200,000 ancestors across the country have not been returned to Native American tribes.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the historic burial.