SAN ANTONIO -- Indigenous communities want something done and a seat at the table after human bone fragments were found during an excavation at the Alamo.
- Bone fragments located during Alamo excavation
- Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation questions timing of discovery
- Texas Historical Commission says materials released in timely manner
For many, the contention isn't about the discovery, but when they were actually unearthed.
As the City of San Antonio recognizes Monday, October 14 as Indigenous Peoples' Day, Ramon Vasquez and a group of others want to get a message across to citizens.
"I have no confidence in any of the leadership that's driving this project," he said.
Vasquez is the spokesman for the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation. Last Friday we told you about human bone fragments being found during an excavation.
"We already had a feeling that human remains had already been found," Vasquez said.
Vasquez says the remains were actually discovered about two months ago. He says he filed an open records request three weeks ago asking for any documentation.
"It was just validation of what we already knew on Thursday. When we didn't receive the documents as scheduled, I kind of felt like there was something going on," he said.
Vasquez says he received it Friday after the statement was released.
"At 10 o'clock in the morning I get a phone call from the Texas Historical Commission apologizing for not getting the documents out to me that night before," said Vasquez.
Vasquez says he doesn't believe there was ever any intention of letting the public know.
"They knew they weren't going to put this document out. They weren't going to tell anybody about the human remains. The pressure of an open records request, I believe forced them to come out," he said.
For Vasquez, it's a lack of confidence that hits close to home.
"Whatever confidence I had left was shot out the window Friday," he said.
At this point Vasquez says they are considering filing a Temporary Restraining Order. Last month the group filed a lawsuit in federal court against all stakeholders, demanding a seat at the table when it comes to discovering human remains.
We reached out to the Texas Historical Commission for comment. It said the requested materials were provided promptly, as required by law. The City of San Antonio has yet to comment.