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Opinion: NAGPRA regulations undermine relationship with tribes (12/13)
"Last winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North...

Alaska Natives ready to litigate for repatriation of sacred artifacts (12/07)
Alaska Natives say they are ready to go to court to reclaim sacred artifacts that are being held by a university in Pennsylvania. The Hoonah Indian Association and Huna Totem Corp. say the items were wrongfully sold to the...

NAGPRA review panel wants artifacts returned to Alaska Natives (11/29)
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee is recommending the return of artifacts to the Tlingit community in Alaska. The committee said the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology "does not have right of possession" to...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe working to repatriate ancestral remains (10/21)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is working with Central Michigan University to repatriate 144 ancestors and funerary objects. The remains were donated to the university several years ago. The tribe is set to bring them back home early next month. "CMU...

Special news package in Science focuses on repatriation issues (10/13)
The October 2010 issue of Science includes a special news package on repatriation issues. Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The 1990 law requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to...

The Art: Cal NAGPRA 'dead in the water' due to lack of funding (10/12)
"20 years after the inauguration of the National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), California’s own NAGPRA law (or Cal NAGPRA) has been effectively quashed by a lack of state funding. Cal NAGPRA was enacted in 2001 in...

Archaeologists uncover Hidatsa village at North Dakota worksite (09/22)
Archaeologists in North Dakota are excavating a Hidatsa village that dates back 300 to 500 years. So far, workers have uncovered human remains, bison skulls and other items at the site of a Burleigh County construction project. The county plans...

Pottery that was being repatriated to Caddo Nation still missing (09/14)
Researchers at Southern Arkansas University are still hoping to recover 26 pottery items that were stolen in the summer of 2006. The university was about to repatriate the items to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma when they were stolen. The...

Museum in Kansas agrees to repatriate property to Wichita Tribe (08/31)
A museum in Kansas will repatriate a replica of a grass lodge and 5 painted clay figurines to the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma. The Towanda Historical Museum doesn't receive federal funds so it doesn't have to comply with...

GAO: More than 120K ancestors haven't been repatriated to tribes (08/30)
More than 120,000 ancestral remains held by the federal government haven't been repatriated to tribes, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO looked at whether federal agencies have complied with the Native American Graves Protection and...

Yurok Tribe welcomes repatriation of hundreds of sacred items (08/13)
The Yurok Tribe of California traveled to Washington, D.C., to reclaim hundreds of sacred items from the National Museum of the American Indian. The tribe repatriated 217 items, including necklaces, headdresses, arrows, hides and other regalia. The items had been...

Geromino's descendants won't give up battle to rebury remains (08/11)
Descendants of the Apache warrior Geronimo still want to rebury his remains in New Mexico, an attorney for the group said. Harlyn Geronimo, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico, and other descendants sued President Barack Obama...

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking return of Geronimo's remains (08/10)
A federal judge last month dismissed a lawsuit that sought the remains of Apache warrior Geronimo. Geronimo was buried in Fort Sill, in Oklahoma, and some of his descendants want him reburied in New Mexico, where he was born and...

WPR: NATHPO starts off annual meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin (08/09)
"The federal government’s handling of Native American remains and artifacts is being discussed at a week-long conference that starts today in Green Bay. Tribal historians have much to say on the matter, and those attending the conference are being urged...

Opinion: Jim Thorpe a victim of 'begrudgery' despite Olympic win (08/09)
"Almost a century after Jim Thorpe demonstrated in the Stockholm Olympics of 1912 that he was the greatest all-round athlete of all time, his family are striving to have him buried in the family plot in Oklahoma. It's a strange...

GAO to discuss NAGPRA report at tribal historic preservation meet (08/04)
Representatives of the Government Accountability Office will discuss the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act report at the 12th annual meeting of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers The report found that federal agencies have failed to...

GAO report finds federal agencies not in compliance with NAGPRA (07/29)
Federal agencies have failed to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act even after being given more than a decade to do so, the Government Accountability Office said in a report on Wednesday. The law requires agencies...

Jim Thorpe's son hopes for friendly resolution of repatriation case (07/26)
The son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe is hoping he can work out a deal to settle his Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act lawsuit. Jack Thorpe, 73, a past chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, and his...

Nature: GAO about to release report on NAGPRA office at Interior (07/21)
"To scientists, ancient human bones and artefacts from Native American burial sites can offer a unique window onto history. But to some modern Native American tribes, allowing researchers to study these remains amounts to desecration. Long-standing tensions between the two...

Museum in Michigan to repatriate 59 ancestors to tribal coalition (07/21)
The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan is preparing to repatriate 59 ancestors to a group of tribes. The 13 tribes requested the ancestors in 2008. The museum's board of directors voted to repatriate the remains under the Native American...

Opinion: Town will go on if Thorpe's remains reburied in Oklahoma (07/19)
"The town of Jim Thorpe, PA is facing a legal battle with the legendary athlete's son, who is demanding his remains be exumed and transported back to Oklahoma-where he's from. His son resents having his father's remains exploited as a...

Jim Thorpe's son sues to have remains returned to Oklahoma (06/25)
The son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe filed a lawsuit to have his father's remains reburied in Oklahoma. Jack Thorpe, 72, a past chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, said his father shouldn't have been buried in Pennsylvania...

University of Idaho repatriates artifacts to Nez Perce Tribe (06/03)
The University of Idaho is set to repatriate artifacts to the Nez Perce Tribe. The items include a sacred whistle, a wooden stick, a button, a shell and a rounded cork. They were found in a box that had been...

Blog: Scientists upset about new NAGPRA rule on ancestors (05/25)
"Science Insider reports that the Department of the Interior has issued an updated rule to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, created in 1990 under the purview of George Bush, the first, who found the longstanding European descendants’...

Commentary: A good case for returning Thorpe to Oklahoma (05/24)
"For the last quarter-century, the sons of the great Native American athlete Jim Thorpe have tried to persuade the picturesque northeastern Pennsylvania town bearing their father's name to return his remains to Shawnee, Okla., where he asked to be...

Opinion: NAGPRA rule forces museums to confront the past (05/10)
"More than 116,000 skeletons of Native American ancestry sit idle on museum shelves today. Their fate — long unknown — has finally been settled. On Friday, a new regulation will establish a process to return Native American human remains that...

Opinion: Tribal involvement in historic preservation process (04/05)
"Federal laws have dealt Native American tribes into the land-use business. Undertake any project that requires a federal permit, and you'll have to satisfy environmental and historic preservation rules to get your scheme off the ground. Dig into an Indian...

Museums consider challenge to new NAGPRA regulations (03/31)
Some museums and educational institutions are considering a legal challenge to new Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act regulations that require them to consult tribes about "culturally unidentifiable" ancestors. According to Nature, the American Museum of Natural History, the...

University of Michigan to consult tribes about ancestors (03/17)
The University of Michigan says it will comply with new federal regulations that affect "culturally unidentifiable" Native ancestors. The school plans to consult tribes with historical ties to the area where the "unidentifiable" remains were exhumed. The new regulations allow...

NPS finalizes NAGPRA rule on 'unidentifiable' ancestors (03/16)
The National Park Service on Monday published a final rule to establish a process for addressing "unidentifiable" Native ancestors held by museums, educational institutions and federal agencies. Under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, federal agencies and entities...

Eric Hemenway: Cultural preservation at Little Traverse (03/15)
"My name is Eric Hemenway and I am an Anishnaabe/Odawa from Cross Village. I work in the Archive/Records and Cultural Preservation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians here in Emmet County. I am very fortunate to...

Fort Sill Apache Tribe not allowed in Geronimo lawsuit (02/17)
A federal judge won't let the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma intervene in a lawsuit over the reburial of the remains of Apache warrior Geronimo. But Chairman Jeff Houser said the tribe will continue to file amicus briefs in...

Obama proposes cut in NAGPRA tribal grant program (02/08)
In his fiscal year 2011 budget, President Barack Obama is seeking a 25 percent reduction in Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants, Indian Country Today reports. Congress appropriated $2.3 million for grants to tribes, Native Hawaiians and museums....

Buddhist nun leads strike for reburial of ancestors (12/03)
A Buddhist nun is leading a four-day hunger strike to seek the repatriation of remains held by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley in California. Jun Yasuda, 61, started the strike on Tuesday. Some Indian activists...

Museum kept bones of Native infant in oatmeal box (11/24)
A museum in Michigan kept the remains of a Native infant in a Quaker Oats container, the cultural preservation director for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians said. Winnay Wemigwase and other tribal members visited the Grand Rapids...

LA Times Blog: Skeleton hiding in museum's closet (11/24)
"You could call it the skeleton in the Page Museum's closet. For years, the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles has housed a 9,000-year-old set of bones that is said to be the only human remains recovered from the...

Yaquis rebury ancestors killed in 1902 massacre (11/17)
The Yaquis of Mexico and the U.S. reburied 12 sets of remains in a ceremony in Mexico on Monday. The ancestors were the victims of a 1902 massacre in Mexico. Government troops killed about 150 men, women and children as...

Santee Sioux grave dig being investigated (10/09)
The Santee Sioux Tribe and the Knox County Sheriff's Office are investigating the disturbance of a burial site on the reservation. A non-Indian man who owns land on the reservation said he uncovered a man and a woman during some...

Resources Committee hearing on NAGPRA (10/07)
The House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing this morning on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The hearing lasted about 90 minutes. Tribal witnesses discussed the inadequate funding of NAGPRA grants, the length of time it...

Witness list for oversight hearing on NAGPRA (10/05)
The House Natural Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing this Wednesday on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows: Panel...

House committee to hold hearing on NAGPRA (10/02)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act on Wednesday, October 7. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness...

Opinion: No 'absolute' right to study ancestors (09/23)
"ALAN Schneider and Cleone Hawkinson want us to believe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers erred in its handling of a recently discovered human jawbone. Their misinformation and disinformation about this hardly aids public understanding, but does promote the views...

Blog: Tribal history being erased in Southwest (09/17)
"So, while we are on the topic of looting, I’d like to switch to a different sort of loot. This is a legal gray area where ancient places can be strip-mined, and the artifacts collected can then be legally...

Public Radio: Repatriation process moves slow (09/11)
"The Milwaukee Public Museum has taken quite a few Native American artifacts off display, since NAGPRA took effect. Those items and others that were in storage are now in a back room where workers painstakingly categorize them. Because the items...

Apache dispute delays Geronimo NAGPRA lawsuit (09/02)
A lawsuit that seeks the reburial of the remains of Geronimo, the Apache leader, is being delayed by an inter-tribal dispute. Some of Geronimo's descendants, who are members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, want to remove their ancestor's remains from...

Onondaga Nation to rebury ancestral remains (08/26)
The Onondaga Nation of New York will rebury the remains of 180 ancestors in a private ceremony on the reservation. The tribe was locked in a decade-plus battle with the New York State Museum over the remains and associated artifacts....

Peter d'Errico: The 'nasty' loophole in NAGPRA (08/24)
"When Congress passed the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act in 1990, four crucial definitions were enacted into law: (1) “‘burial site’ means any natural or prepared physical location, whether originally below, on, or above the surface of the earth,...

Dealers note shift in NAGPRA enforcement (08/14)
Indian artifact dealers say the federal government is taking a stronger stance to enforce the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. The dealers say the government is applying the law to items held by private collectors. They...

Native man tied to artifact theft investigation (08/07)
A Native man who pleaded guilty in 2002 to illegal trafficking of Native American cultural items is connected to the Indian artifact theft case, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Thomas "Tommy" Cavaliere, whose tribal affiliation was not reported, allegedly sold...

BLM accepting claims to ancestors and artifacts (08/04)
The Bureau of Land Management plans to repatriate 197 ancestors and artifacts to three tribes unless others come forward with valid claims. The ancestors and associated funerary objects were uncovered during the excavation of the Animas-La Plata Project in Colorado....

Peter d’Errico: Stealing and stalling from Indians (07/28)
"The acquisition and holding of human remains by a museum or academic institution is said to be different from grave robbing. Institutional grave robbing is described as scientific research. This argument goes back a long way. As David Hurst Thomas,...

Museum accused of mistreating Indian workers (07/23)
The San Diego Museum of Man is investigating a complaint that three members of the Kumeyaay Nation were mistreated when some artifacts went missing last month. Clint Linton, the owner of Red Tail Monitoring & Research Inc, said his employees...

Kennewick Man studies haven't been released (07/14)
The results of studies on the remains of Kennewick Man haven't been made public despite the high-profile battle over the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Only the scientists who were part of a lawsuit have been allowed...

Editorial: Repatriation respects Michigan tribes (07/14)
"Sometimes the best way to preserve history and culture is to return to its origins. That's what happened during the recent repatriation and reburial of American Indian remains at Old Indian Cemetery in Muskegon. The remains of eight Woodland Indians...

Child's remains returned to Kanosh Paiute Band (07/07)
The state of Utah repatriated the remains of a child to the Kanosh Band of Paiute Indians. The remains were uncovered in 1999. They were found on private land so the state's version of the Native American Graves Protection and...

Blog: Apache family right to claim Geronimo (06/23)
"Imagine the scandal. A well known war leader’s body was taken from a cemetery on Federal land, and his skull used as an object of ridicule by the enemy. The family is requesting their return, but the bones are...

Legal Times: Obama seeks to dismiss Geronimo suit (06/15)
"Justice Department lawyers have moved to dismiss claims against the government in a lawsuit over the remains of the legendary Apache warrior Geronimo. In February, a group of Native Americans claiming to have descended from the 19th century military leader...

Tohono O'odham Nation seeks to rebury ancestors (05/19)
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona plans to rebury the remains of nearly 200 ancestors that were removed from 11 sites in the 1970s and the 1980s. The remains were found in an area known as the Anamax/Rosemont site....

Public Radio: Michigan tribes and repatriation (04/24)
"For the more than a decade now Indian tribes in Michigan and elsewhere have been reclaiming objects lost over the centuries. In many cases they are also able to return to the earth the remains of long-dead ancestors. We'll meet...

Kumeyaay Nation wants ancestor returned (03/20)
Tribes from the Kumeyaay Nation of California want to rebury the remains of an ancestor but they say the University of California San Diego is being insensitive to their culture. The 10,000-year-old remains were discovered more than 30 years ago....

Kara Briggs: Tribes wait to rebury ancestors (03/18)
"The battle over the ancestral remains of Indian nations along the Columbia River didn’t begin or end with the famous Kennewick Man case. Throughout the mid-20th century federal hydropower projects sliced the wild river into a series of slack water...

Museum will return ancestors to Onondaga Nation (03/06)
The New York State Museum has finally agreed to repatriate 180 ancestors to the Onondaga Nation. The museum was reluctant to return the remains. But the dispute moved to a resolution after a federal review panel created by the Native...

WSJ Blog: 'Strange' lawsuit over Geronimo's bones (02/18)
"Of all the strange lawsuits to which this blog has devoted pixels, this one definitely ranks among the very strangest. Descendents of the Apache chief Geronimo (pictured) have sued Yale University and the school’s famous secret organization, Skull and...

Lawsuit seeks reburial of Geronimo's remains (02/18)
The great-grandson of Apache leader and warrior Geronimo has filed a lawsuit to reclaim the remains of his ancestors and rebury them. Geronimo died in captivity in Fort Sill, Okahoma, on February 17, 1909. His great-grandson said it was...

Geronimo descendant seeks reburial of remains (02/17)
Note: The announcement is taking place at 1pm at the National Press Club. The great-grandson of Chiricahua Apache leader and warrior Geronimo will be filing a lawsuit in hopes of bringing his ancestor back home. Harlyn Geronimo wants to...