Published in The Asbury Park Press on November 20, 1999
Official says skull likely Native America
By JOHN A. HARNES
COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU
WALL – An archaeological survey being conducted at Camp Evans, as part of the process to close and transfer the Army property for civilian use, has found human remains that appear to be Native American.
Henry Kearney, a Fort Monmouth spokesman, said the remains were found earlier this week and consist of one skull and a portion of a clavicle – the bone that connects the breastbone with the shoulder blade.
“Since they appear to be Native American remains, we are treating this accordance with the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act,” Kearney said.
“The remains were immediately reinterred,” Kearney said.
Besides requiring that the remains be reburied, federal law also mandates that letters be sent to appropriate Native American tribes to inform them about the discovery, he said.
Kearney said letters were sent yesterday to several federal recognized Native American tribes: the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council; the Delaware Nation; the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; and the Western Delaware Nation.
Letters were also sent to Native American organizations that represent New Jersey including. the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indian Center, in Bridgeton; the PowhatanRenape Nation, Rancocas; the Ramapough Indian Center, Mahwah; the New Jersey Indian Office, Orange; the New Jersey American Indian Center, Old Bridge; the Delaware Nation Grand Council of North America, in Anadarko, Okla.
The Army has spent about $25 million so far, and expects to spend a few million more, cleaning up Camp Evans before it can turn the 215-acre site over to the township and Brookdale Community College for civilian use, which is expected to happen sometime next year.
As part of this cleanup effort, an archaeological survey of Camp Evans is under way.
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