Jennie and Dianne kick off 2023 by answering many questions posed by their listeners over the course of the previous year. They begin this two-part episode by covering the legal definition of an abandoned cemetery and how this definition determines either the survival or removal of a burial ground. They delve in to what to do should you accidentally excavate a burial site, especially if that site belongs to Native Americans. And finally, they cover the topic of cemetery grants including those provided by the Veterans Association (VA) to ensure that US military veterans receive a respectful burial.
Resources used to research this episode include:
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"Section 31-25-708 - Abandoned burial sites - right to reclaim." https://casetext.com. 8 Nov. 2022. casetext.com/statute/colorado-revised-statutes/title-31-government-municipal/powers-and-functions-of-cities-and-towns/article-25-public-improvements/part-7-cemeteries/section-31-25-708-abandoned-burial-sites-right-to-reclaim. Accessed 9 Jan. 2023.
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Administration , National Cemetery . "Veterans Cemetery Grants Program ." https://www.cem.va.gov. www.cem.va.gov/grants/. Accessed 9 Jan. 2023.
Wasley, Paula. "Press Release NEH Announces $28.1 Million for 204 Humanities Projects Nationwide ." https://www.neh.gov. 10 Jan. 2023. www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-281-million-204-humanities-projects-nationwide. Accessed 11 Jan. 2023.