December 4, 2021

Code Switch: Archeological skeletons in the closet

Today, we present a special episode from our colleagues at Code Switch, NPR’s podcast about race and identity.

In a small suburb of Washington, D.C., a non-descript beige building houses thousands of Native human remains. The remains are currently in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution, but for the past decade, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been fighting to get some of them back to Florida to be buried. The controversy over who should decide the fate of these remains has raised questions about identity, history, and the nature of archaeology.

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