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Was Bemidji Pamida on a native burial site? Store closing reopens debate

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The closing of a Pamida store in Bemidji has revived the debate on American Indian remains buried on the property.

Skeletal remains of 22 people were uncovered during construction of an addition to the store in 1988. It was determined the remains were Dakota Sioux. Elders decided the remains should be reburied where they were discovered.

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Megan Treuer's family is Ojibwe. She recalls how angry her family was at the time the remains were discovered - so angry they never shopped at the store again.Treuer and other members of the Native American community say the store should be razed and a memorial erected at the site.

Minnesota Public Radio News says that in 1998, Bemidji hired specialists to research and map all known burial sites in the city.

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