Central Council Secures Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Funding
July 21, 2011
The grant will be used to conduct research and documentation, and to prepare claims to repatriate and/or work on outstanding claims at the Oakland Art Museum and the Southwest Museum Autry Center. In addition, it will allow Central Council's NAGPRA program to monitor the completion of pending claims on more than 200 objects in nine museums.
NAGPRA was enacted in 1990 and requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify American Indian human remains and cultural items in their collections. This repatriation process helps to ensure the return of certain Native American cultural items (human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony) to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
Central Council's NAGPRA program provides for the protection and repatriation of Native American graves and artifacts. Services include submitting claims to museums for the return of cultural objects, assisting tribes and individuals in identifying cultural objects, researching family trees, maintaining the memorial calendar, and clan identification.
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