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Hunter: Ancestral remains reburial policy in the works

DEPARTMENT of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said the Historical Preservation Office is working with the Indigenous Affairs Office and others to develop a template policy for all future reburials, including the ancestral remains found at the casino construction site in Garapan.

Robert Hunter

“There are a number of ongoing developments that will require reburial,” he added.

He said a reburial location at the Imperial Pacific Casino Resort site has been determined.

“We are just waiting for the site to be conducive to holding the ceremony,” Hunter said.

“Discussions with the IPI about the reburial have been ongoing and they have been positive about all of the requests related to the reburial with regard to location, costs, and related ceremonies.”

HPO will continue to work with IPI and IAO to ensure a proper and respectful reburial, Hunter added.

According to Carolinian elder and cultural preservationist Lino Olopai, “There is a process in removing ancestral bones from its burial grounds. There is a ceremony that must be performed and it must be done properly. A proper re-burial ceremony is needed.”

IPI has said it was willing to build a monument at the project site with the approval of the public and the HPO.