Three decades after legislation pushed for the return of Native American remains to Indigenous communities, many of the nation’s top museums and universities still have the remains of thousands of people in their collections.

ProPublica has a fascinating project to map any remains of indigenous first peoples. It’s amazing to see the numbers:

And the map of the issue:

The reason this is appearing here, in a blog on Harlem is that we too have indigenous first-peoples’ remains held here in Harlem:

Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology has acknowledged 14 Native American remains. All 14 come from North Dakota:

To see the full map, and learn more about the project, see: