BLM notifies tribes of remains at new Utah site

The Bureau of Land Management has told 14 tribes that it won't remove remains found at a new site in Utah.

The BLM sent notification to tribes in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. The letter says the remains were not excavated but exposed by the elements.

The communication is the first federal officials made since announcing the purchase of the Range Creek ranch in rural Utah. The government let reporters see the massive site before telling any tribes about it.

The ranch is believed to contain hundreds of sites that have not been touched by looters. Tribes want to be involved in preservation talks.

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