Accomplishing NAGPRA: Perspectives on the Intent, Impact, by Sangita Chari, Jaime M. N. Lavallee

By Sangita Chari, Jaime M. N. Lavallee

Accomplishing NAGPRA unearths the day by day fact of imposing the local American Graves security and Repatriation Act. the various members to this well timed quantity mirror the viewpoints of tribes, museums, federal businesses, legal professionals, teachers, and others invested within the landmark act.

NAGPRA calls for museums and federal businesses to come asked local American cultural goods to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and local Hawai’ian organizations.  because the 1990 passage of the act, museums and federal companies have made multiple million cultural items—and the is still of approximately 40 thousand local Americans—available for repatriation.

Drawing on case reviews, own reflections, historic records, and facts, the quantity examines NAGPRA and its grassroots, sensible software during the United States.? Accomplishing NAGPRA will attract pros and lecturers with an curiosity in cultural source administration, Indian and human rights legislation, Indigenous reports, social justice events, and public policy.

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Svingen, History of the Expropriation of Pawnee Indian Graves in the Control of the Nebraska State Historical Society (Boulder, CO: Native American Rights Fund, 1989); James T. Riding In, “Report Verifying the Identity of Six Pawnee Scout Crania at the Smithsonian and the National Museum of Health and Medicine” (1990), reprinted in Senate Hearing on S. 1021 & S. 1980, Cole, Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest Coast Artifacts, 211–229. THE CASE FOR NAGPRA 47 22 Senate Hearing on S. 1021 & S.

Oct. 22, 1990) (Statements of Representative Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Representative John J. Rhodes III); 136 Cong. Rec. , Oct. 26, 1990) (statements of Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka). 54 S. Rep. No. 473, 101st Cong. 2d. Sess. (1990) (hereinafter Senate Report 101-473), 2–3. The House Report pertaining to NAGPRA noted further that the “majority [of the Panel] believed that ‘Respect for Native human rights is the paramount principle that should govern resolution of the issue when a claim is made .

The case was ultimately settled and legal findings on right of possession were never made. Nonetheless, this is an instructive example of how these legal provisions can play out in the context of an actual repatriation. Protection of embedded human remains and cultural items. 171 In order for a permit to be issued, the applicant must be “qualified” and the undertaking must be designed to advance archaeological knowledge in the public interest. The “resources” remain the property of the United States and the permittee must agree to preserve them in an appropriate institution (except where NAGPRA provides for ownership or control by tribes, Native Hawaiian organization, or lineal descendants).

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