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The remains of three Buffalo Soldiers disinterred during an investigation of looting at Fort Craig are being reburied with military honors at a national cemetery in New Mexico.

Assistant Interior Secretary Anne Craig spoke at the ceremony Tuesday at which members of the Arizona Buffalo Soldiers Association served as pallbearers.

More than 100 people paid tribute to Army Pvts. Thomas Smith, Levi Morris and David Ford. The soldiers were among the many African-American members of the Army who served at remote outposts on the Western frontier.

The men died between 1866 and 1877.

The ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery marks the end of a project by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which exhumed more than 60 sets of human remains in 2007 after grave looting was discovered at the Fort Craig cemetery in southern New Mexico.


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