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Government considers First Nation to be 'extinct'

The Canadian government has declared the Sinixt Nation in British Columbia to be "extinct" despite 6,800 living descendants of the tribe.

The Sinixt Nation was terminated by the government in 1956. Many of the descendants remain in B.C. but some went to the Colville Reservation in Washington.

The "extinct" designation has hurt efforts to repatriate remains to the tribe. The government recently tried to return the remains of two Sinixt ancestors to two other First Nations but they have since been returned to the tribe.

Get the Story:
'Extinct' First Nation gets ancestral bones back (CBC 4/27)

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