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Native American remains found in Menlo Park

Original post made on Nov 15, 2012

Native American remains were unearthed by construction crews working in Menlo Park on Tuesday, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:25 AM


Posted by karma, a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Oh. Oh, oh, oh.

Please show all respect. This is sad.

Posted by respect, a resident of Community Center
on Nov 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

In a perfect world the burial site would be a place to visit and learn. The Carmel Mission has Native Americans buried with markers indicating who they were. It's repectful and enlightening.

Overbuilding needs to stop in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

Posted by clarkia, a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

If there even is an organization called the Native American Historical Society it certainly has no jurisdiction over the remains of native people in California. That should read "the Native American Heritage Commission" see Web Link

Posted by Steve C, a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I'm kind of curious to know how the determination that these were Native Americans was made. Would have been nice if the article mentioned something about that.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Given that Indian tribes lived here for 1000s of years there must be more than a million skeletons lying around in the area.

Most were probably eaten by scavengers or rotted

-those left should be removed and buried in a cemetery.

Was there anything to suggest that these remains were something out of the ordinary?

Posted by Horselady, a resident of Community Center
on Nov 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Given the location, I would assume they are Ohlone.

I don't know for sure if it still is open to new burials, but ther is an Ohlone burial site in southern Fremont, off of Mission Blvd.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

This article is a reprint of the police press release. If the police don't even know the name of the agency to contact concerning Native remains, are we sure they didn't end up in some hobbiest's garage?