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Navajo president meets with NASA, again asks that human remains not be landed on the moon

Navajo Nation president Buu Nygren met with NASA’s administrator recently to ask again that human remains not be landed on celestial bodies.

Since December, Nygren has asked that the space agency not fly human remains to the moon. That was in prelude to a failed space launch by a private space company that tried launching a rocket bearing human remains that was destined for the moon.

In a statement, Nygren said he told Bill Nelson that he’s opposed to federal funds being used to support burial activities that impact Native cultures. The moon is considered sacred to the Navajo, and burying human remains on it is considered a desecration. NASA has promised to review its policies but made no further commitment. 

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Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.