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Remains Returned for Burial

June 21, 1990

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ The remains of eight Aborigines have been returned to their communities after years on display in British, French and Belgian museums.

Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell and Aborigine Karno Walker were met by elders and community representatives from around Australia when they arrived with the remains at Sydney Airport on Wednesday night.

Mansell said the remains, which included parts of eight bodies, would be given to their original communities and ″finally laid to rest″ in burial ceremonies.

He said lobbying for other remains still in overseas museums would continue.

″Some institutions need prompting from the Australian government. It has to step behind us to stop our moves being frustrated,″ he said.

Mansell and the Federation of Aboriginal Land Councils had fought for five years to have the remains returned to communities around Australia, and not to museums here.

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