Several California tribes are opposing plans by the University of California at Berkeley to eliminate a specialized Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act unit.
The tribes say UC Berkeley's Phoebe Hearst Museum's did not consult them before making the decision.
They believe archaeologists and scientists want to keep studying tribal ancestors and artifacts instead of repatriating them.
The museum takes the opposite view. A spokesperson said the reorganization will make it easier for tribes to reclaim their property.
The museum has the second-largest collection of tribal ancestors and artifacts in the nation.
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(The Redding Record-Searchlight 9/6)
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Tribes protest UC-Berkeley's cut of NAGPRA unit