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Federal officials investigate the removal of bone fragments at Effigy Mounds

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CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -

A federal investigation is under way into the mishandling of Native American remains at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Clayton County.

The National Park Service is looking into whether a crime was committed when a box of bone fragments was moved from a storage building to a former superintendent's garage.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act requires the return of human bones to lineal descendants or tribal organizations.

The park service says a box of bone fragments was moved to Tom Munson's garage without his knowledge when he retired from the park service in 1994. A spokesperson says the box was inadvertently transported along with his personal possessions.

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