The Return to the Earth project supports Indigenous Americans in burying unidentifiable ancestral remains. These skulls and other remains were collected by the U.S. government for display at museums or for scientific research during colonization.

Helping to provide burial boxes and cloths for the remains is one way MCC U.S. and other people of faith can show respect. It is also a way for non-Indigenous people to offer an apology for a history of silence and even collusion in historical wrongs done to Indigenous Americans.

The program includes a study guide for groups who want to learn more about the history of colonization and their part in it.