In Iowa's capital, Des Moines, a group of about 15 American Indians recently occupied an historical building protesting against a decision to exhibit a collection of early American Indian bones.
SV Indians beating drums in museum
SV Indian skeleton
SV Indians looking at display of bones (2 shots)
SV Museum official speaking
SV Indians with official outside Governor's office (3 shots)
CU Indian speaking
MUSEUM OFFICIALS: "We do this because the law requires, that we collect the ancient history of the people of our state. We abide by the law and we collect and preserve and display the material."
INDIAN MAN: "The law better be changed then. It allows you to desecrate graves. There is also another statute against body-snatching. It says, in effect, you have to get permission from the next of kin to dig up any cemetery or any grave."
MUSEUM OFFICIAL: "Who is the next of kin)"
INDIAN VERNON BELLECOURT: "I see the Governor, even though he is probably least sensitive to wanting to listen, I do not feel that much would come out of that meeting in regard to skeletal physical remains of our fallen ancestors."
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There follows a transcript of interviews with museum official and Indians.
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Background: In Iowa's capital, Des Moines, a group of about 15 American Indians recently occupied an historical building protesting against a decision to exhibit a collection of early American Indian bones. The Indians have previously objected to public display of the bones and the authorities ordered the display closed to the public last year.
SYNOPSIS: Indian war drums echoed through an American museum recently. A band of about fifteen Indians were protesting against a decision to continue an exhibition of human bones dug up from ancient Indian graves.
The incident took place in lowa's capital Des Moines. Last year Governor Robert Ray ordered the display closed. Now that decision has been reversed so angering the Indians.