Posts Tagged ‘Repatriation’

Quiz – How We Know, Part 2

Luedtke – Oneida Museum

Please close this window to return to previous page. Welcome to the Oneida Nations Museum. My name is Sara Summers Luedtke and I am the assistant director and collections manager at the museum. We have an exhibit area on the first floor that visitors can go through as well as a gift shop. And outside [...]

Low – Pokagon Exhibit

Please close this window to return to previous page. I think that, invariably, people are best at telling their own story. And so, the exciting moment in contemporary museum history has been the emergence of the tribally-controlled museum to tell the story of American Indian people. And it’s been very successful. Up in Mount Pleasant, [...]

Tribal Museums

Several tribes in the Midwest operate tribal museums and cultural centers, sometimes in conjunction with tribal libraries. These are community-based and focused centers that are owned and managed by tribes. They have become an integral part of cultural renaissance in Native communities, as well as one of the ways Native communities try to correct misunderstandings [...]

Thomae – Museums and Tribes

Please close this window to return to previous page. In November of 1990, a Congressional law was passed and it’s familiarly called NAGPRA, but it stands for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. And basically the law states that under certain circumstances tribes can ask for certain items back. There are particular categories [...]

Thomae – Inventories

Please close this window to return to previous page. The inventory was probably the most ambitious aspect of the NAGPRA implementation process. Each museum is different. Our, as I mentioned before, collections are quite large. And so at that point part of our ethnographic collection was inventoried. So that part helped with about 40% of [...]

Low – Repatriation

Please close this window to return to previous page. We’ve been working with tribal employees, tribal council, to get the inventories that are required by NAGPRA for museums to provide to us, and to go through those, and to try to get ancestors returned to us when possible. Some of those have been formal repatriations. [...]

Ancient Clues

Please close this window to return to previous page. Narrator, Joanne Garrett: The land lives on, ever on. Peoples appear on it briefly, then they are gone. They leave clues leaving us full of guesses. Phil Gardner: After two years of excavation and analysis we know that Native Americans in the Dells were practicing a [...]

How We Know

Scholars who have addressed the history of the repatriation movement focus on why Americans treated Native remains and objects the way they did. American collecting of these objects, they argue, should be understood as a form of “nation building,” in which Americans came to view the dead bodies of Indians as trophies. In Europe, displaying [...]


NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) was passed on November 16, 1990. It defined ownership and provided for the return of Native American (including Hawaiian) human remains and objects from museums. It also established procedures for future acquisitions. Subsequently, human remains and certain objects could be claimed (or repatriated) by lineal descendants [...]