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Chicago museum to return Aboriginal remains

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:10 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — The Field Museum in Chicago is returning remains of three Aborigines taken from Tasmania at a time when European colonists, doctors and natural history researchers were looting burial grounds and massacre sites.

Aboriginal rights campaigners will attend a signing ceremony Wednesday at the Chicago museum. The documents will transfer the skulls to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Center, which has for years been seeking the return of remains from museums and other institutions around the world.

Annette Peardon is one of the visiting Aboriginal delegates. She says events like this help "repair the damage done in the past."

Tasmania is an island state of Australia, south of the mainland.

Tasmania's indigenous Aborigines were almost wiped out by white settlement in the 19th century. Thousands were killed when pushed from their ancestral lands.

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