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Grave & Artifact Repatriation

Land Issues

article Native American group files another lawsuit against Alamo restoration, George P. Bush (9/26/2020)
(Texas) -- A Native American organization that says its ancestors are buried on the grounds of the Alamo has filed another lawsuit against Texas Land Commissioner George...
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Mi'kmaw

article Dry summer shrinks N.S. lake, revealing 'works of art' in ancient Mi'kmaw artifacts (9/26/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The dry summer shrank a lake in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley, revealing ancient Mi'kmaw artifacts and starting a conversation about how to...
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Trump Adminstration

article Trump Administration Finalizes the Return of American Indian Ancestral Remains and Funerary Objects from Finland (9/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Last year, President Trump and President Niinistӧ of Finland finalized an agreement to return American Indian ancestral remains and funerary objects...
article Trump Removed the Only Native American Member From the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (7/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The sole Native American member on a committee that advises the president on international cultural heritage agreements was removed and replaced...
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Donald Trump

article Remarks by President Trump on the Repatriation of Native American Artifacts and Remains (9/17/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much for being here as we commemorate the return of historic Native American artifacts and sacred remains to...
article Tribal Ancestral Remains, Funerary Objects Returned To Mesa Verde National Park (9/17/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Representatives of four Southwestern tribes have reburied human remains and other objects taken in the 19th century by a European researcher. They...
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Passamaquoddy Tribe

article BDN EDITORIAL: The need to rebalance the state-tribal relationship is urgent, complex (8/14/2020)
(Maine) -- Efforts by the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik to develop a new source of water for its Down East reservation have long-predated the current global pandemic...
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Jamul Tribe

article Tribal Remains Suit Goes To Judge Who Tossed Similar Case (7/30/2020)
(California) -- Former tribe leaders in a case over the alleged disinterment of deceased relatives' remains during construction of a tribal casino must bring a...
article 9th Circ. Won't Rethink Suit Over Relocation Of Tribal Remains [sub req] (2/4/2020)
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit has denied a group of Native Americans' request that it reconsider its dismissal of their lawsuit claiming that their ancestors...
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Oneida Nation

article Oneida Indian Nation, Colgate University announce repatriation of ancestral Oneida remains (7/25/2020)
(New York) -- The Oneida Indian Nation and Colgate University announced the imminent return of ancestral remains of at least six individuals. According to the news...
article Remains Repatriated to Oneida Indian Nation (7/22/2020)
(New York) -- According to a Rome Sentinel report, bone fragments held in the archives at Colgate University's Longyear Museum of Anthropology will be handed over to...
article Oneida Nation, Colgate announce return of ancestral remains (7/21/2020)
(New York) -- The Oneida Indian Nation and Colgate University announced the imminent return of ancestral remains of at least six individuals. Bone fragments were found...
article The bodies of three young Native American girls are returned to the Oneida Reservation. And a community heals. (9/24/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The constantly changing weather matched the emotions of the summer day when young Jemima Metoxen, Sophia Coulon, and Ophelia Powless came home, and the...
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Food Sovereignty

article Ancient hoes point to Indigenous gardeners (7/19/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A rare find in southwestern Manitoba – modified bison shoulder blades – may lead to knowledge about a pre-contact agrarian Indigenous society...
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First Nations

article Planned excavation work in Oka, Que., digs up concern from Mohawk longhouse (7/3/2020)
(Quebec) -- The traditional governing body in Kanesatake, Que., is opposing a proposed archeological dig in the municipality of Oka. Excavation work is scheduled to be...
article First Nations fishermen in northern Manitoba welcome federal COVID-19 relief response (5/14/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A couple of First Nations commercial fishermen in northern Manitoba are glad federal relief is on its way for the struggling industry. "I was looking...
article Almost 150 years later, the Siksika First Nation is getting Chief Crowfoot’s regalia back (4/9/2020)
(Alberta) -- A dozen Indigenous relics dating from the signing of Treaty 7, confined to a British museum for more than 140 years, are coming home to Alberta. The regalia...
article When multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains, how does repatriation get sorted? (3/6/2020)
(Canada) -- What happens when multiple First Nations lay claim to ancient Indigenous remains that are held by Canada's museums and governments? That's the...
article How Ottawa and a First Nations organization found common ground on fighting youth suicide (12/14/2019)
(Ottawa) -- An agreement struck in 2017 between Indigenous Services Canada and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on faster funding for suicide prevention projects is "...
article Eaglechild totem pole moving from Prince Albert, Sask. to First Nation (9/10/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The Eaglechild totem pole, which has stood on the riverbank in Prince Albert, Sask., for 45 years, has been cut down. “I was emotional. I wanted...
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COVID-19

article Group offers pandemic meals to Native American reservation located near the Hamptons (6/5/2020)
(New York) -- Marit Molin, director of Hamptons Art Camp and Outreach, is providing communities in need in the wealthy town during the pandemic.
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Blackfeet Nation

article Cultural artifacts returning to Alberta First Nation from England (4/19/2020)
(Alberta) -- After over 140 years, a collection of culturally significant artifacts of the Blackfoot Confederacy will be returning from a museum in England to its home...
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CSKT

article 'We can't let these things go': Tribes work to protect artifacts (2/23/2020)
(Montana) -- A basement here stores thousands of artifacts from Montana’s distant past. Their future weighs heavily on Mike Durglo. “There’s a lot of...
article Local control of tribal artifacts stored at SKC in danger (1/22/2020)
(Montana) -- The tug of war between the Army Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service, and the CSKT Preservation Office over the tribal archeological artifacts stored at...
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Northern Arapaho

article Chief Black Coal’s journey back home (2/21/2020)
(Wyoming) -- “It’s the tribe’s now.” Temple Smith had tears in his eyes as he uttered those words to me on a cold January day. It was...
article "He Came Home For A Reason": Northern Arapaho Tribe Repatriates Black Coal's Headdress (2/17/2020)
(Wyoming) -- On a Saturday afternoon in January, Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe was packed with hundreds of people standing in line to bless themselves with cedar smoke,...
article Chief Black Coal's Headdress Repatriated To The Northern Arapaho Tribe (1/24/2020)
(Wyoming) -- A headdress belonging to Chief Black Coal, one of most influential Arapaho leaders of the late 19th century, has been repatriated to the Northern Arapaho...
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MMIW

article Second missing and murdered Indigenous people group could form in Wyoming (1/26/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming’s task force tackling issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous people continues, with one lawmaker recently saying she’s...
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Seneca Nation

article Tomahawk returns to its original Seneca Nation owners after decades (1/18/2020)
(New York) -- A pipe tomahawk gifted to chief Cornplanter has returned home to the Seneca Nation after years in the hands of private collectors and the state of New York...
article ‘The Spirit Of Respect’ / Historic Cornplanter Tomahawk Returned To Seneca Nation (1/10/2020)
(New York) -- A meaningful piece of history has been officially restored to the Seneca Nation’s ownership. Nation leaders welcomed officials from the New York...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article Shinnecock Protest Development On Possible Ancient Burial Site (1/15/2020)
(New York) -- Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation held a peaceful protest at a Southampton housing development that they believe could be an ancient burial site....
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Federal Recognition

article Virginia’s Monacan tribe uses new federal status to take a stand for what could be its long-lost capital (1/5/2020)
(Virginia) -- No one doubts that layers of history lie at this spot southeast of Charlottesville where the Rivanna River flows into the James. Abandoned canal locks loom...
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Hopi Tribe

article Returning home: Sacred artifacts held by SIU Carbondale reburied with Hopi, Navajo ancestors (1/2/2020)
(Illinois) -- In the spiritual tradition of the Hopi Tribe, which, along with its Puebloan ancestors, has populated the American Southwest for centuries, death is the...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Finland to repatriate Mesa Verde Puebloan remains to the United States (12/29/2019)
(Finland) -- Finland plans to return Native American ancestral remains and funerary objects to the United States that were taken over a century ago from the Mesa Verde...
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Facebook

article Facebook wants to build on what may be a former indigenous village (12/10/2019)
(California) -- In November 2012, The Almanac published a short news item reporting that construction crews working in Menlo Park had unearthed two human skulls while...
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Truth and Reconciliation

article The legacy of Oka in an era of supposed reconciliation (10/29/2019)
(Quebec) -- Tensions are rising between the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and the Québec municipality of Oka. During the last Oka conflict in summer of...
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Carlisle School

article The bodies of 3 young Native American girls are returned to the Oneida Reservation and a community heals (9/26/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The constantly changing weather matched the emotions of the summer day when young Jemima Metoxen, Sophia Coulon and Ophelia Powless came home, and the...
article Bones of Carlisle school teens returned home (9/22/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The constantly changing weather matched the emotions of the summer day when young Jemima Metoxen, Sophia Coulon, and Ophelia Powless came home, and the...
article The bodies of three young Native American girls are returned to the Oneida Reservation. And a community heals. (9/21/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The constantly changing weather matched the emotions of the summer day when young Jemima Metoxen, Sophia Coulon, and Ophelia Powless came home, and the...
article Reclaiming the bodies of children who died at Carlisle Indian School (9/5/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of about 180 Native American children are buried on the grounds of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School in central Pennsylvania...
article Remains Of Students At Carlisle Indian School Returned To Families (7/17/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Rebeka Jones never knew her ancestor, Henry, an American Indian from Iowa who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1880 when he was 16 years...
article Remains of students at Carlisle Indian School returned to families (7/11/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Rebeka Jones never knew her ancestor, Henry, an American Indian from Iowa who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1880 when he was 16 years...
article Bodies of six Native American teenagers returned after disinterment project (7/8/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Following a month-long disinterment project at the Carlisle U.S. Army barracks, the bodies of six teenagers are back with their ancestral tribes...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Repatriated Cherokee Booger Masks entrusted to Museum (8/20/2019)
(New York) -- Two Cherokee Booger masks, used during the Green Corn Ceremony, are now in the expert and trusted hands of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The two masks...
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Fond du Lac Band

article 'Put everything back' is goal for Native American cemetery in Duluth (8/19/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The first indication that burial recovery is nearing an end was evident Monday at a historic cemetery in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth.
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Chumash Tribe

article UCSB students excavate Chumash artifacts at La Purisima Mission (8/7/2019)
(California) -- A group of anthropology students at UC Santa Barbara recently unearthed history at La Purisima Mission. The archaeological dig was part of the university...
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Seneca Niagara

article Seneca Nation repatriates Booger Masks to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (8/7/2019)
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians has a longstanding relationship with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) dating back to ancient times. It was...
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Mining & Drilling

article Pipeline construction began without archaeological assessments, Coastal GasLink says (8/3/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The company behind a natural gas pipeline in northern and central British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before...
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Forest County Potawatomi

article Library to repatriate Potawatomi artifacts (7/30/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The Forest Park Public Library will repatriate a collection of Potawatomi artifacts back to a museum operated by the tribe, after the pottery shards,...
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Residential & Boarding Schools

article Remains of students at Carlisle Indian School returned to families (7/9/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Rebeka Jones never knew her ancestor, Henry, an American Indian from Iowa who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1880 when he was 16 years...
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Other News

article Cowan’s auction house returns indigenous war god sculpture to a Zuni Pueblo (9/27/2020)
(Ohio) -- The Cincinnati-based auction house Cowan’s has returned a hand carved wooden statue of the Zuni War God Ahayu:da to the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. The...
article War god carving returned to New Mexico tribe by auctioneer (9/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A hand-carved figure held sacred by a Native American community in New Mexico has been returned to the tribe by an Ohio auction house, the company said....
article To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums (9/21/2020)
(France) -- Early one afternoon in June, the Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza walked into the Quai Branly Museum, the riverfront institution that houses treasures...
article Native American ancestral remains, artifacts returned to U.S. soil (9/18/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Six hundred stolen Native American ancestral remains and artifacts, held at a museum overseas, have officially been returned to U.S. soil. The U.S....
article Tribes’ ancestral remains return home to American Southwest (9/18/2020)
(Colorado) -- Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what’s now a national park in Colorado. A...
article At UW-Stevens Point, group seeks to memorialize forgotten Indian burial ground on campus (9/17/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are largely unaware of the dozens of people buried under them, according to historians,...
article Abbe returns artifacts to tribes (9/17/2020)
(Maine) -- Imagine if the bones of someone in your bloodline were on display, or stored in a drawer, in a museum. “You’d feel a little spooked going into...
press release Indigenous Tribe Sees Mission To Reclaim Remains From UT As A Spiritual Issue, Not A Legal One (9/14/2020)
(Utah) -- Drumming and the rhythmic clinking of wooden seed pods drowned out the sound of cars rushing past the J.J. Pickle Research Campus on a Monday evening. Dozens...
article Texas indigenous tribe calls for UT-Austin to return stolen ancestral remains (9/13/2020)
(Texas) -- The Miakan-Garza Band of the Coahuiltecan people is calling for the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) to return three stolen sets of ancestral remains...
article Indigenous group petitions UT President to return native human remains after university denies request (9/11/2020)
(Texas) -- The Texas Archeological Research Lab holds more than 2,400 remains of indigenous people who inhabited the land of Texas millennia ago. Now, The Miakan-Garza...
article Texas indigenous group demands return of human remains from UT research lab (9/7/2020)
(Texas) -- On Sept. 7 at 6 p.m., relatives and allies of the Miakan-Garza band of the Coahuiltecan people will gather at a University of Texas research laboratory to...
article WOYM: Many relics stored from past archaeological research on American Indian sites along the Roanoke River (9/6/2020)
(Virginia) -- This being Labor Day, the following is dedicated to a couple of the hardest working men in research. The first is our trusted friend and instructor in...
article A Bill Offers California’s Indigenous Tribes Ownership of Ancestral Objects (9/5/2020)
(California) -- In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron made a radical pledge: France would repatriate all looted Sub-Saharan African artifacts within five years. He...
article Gone for over a century, a 'special' piece of Kwakwaka'wakw history is returning home (9/5/2020)
(British Columbia) -- An important part of Kwakwaka'wakw history is on its way back home to Alert Bay, B.C., after spending 127 years in Chicago. The wooden plank...
press release South Texas tribe relocates after securing historic cemeteries next to border wall site (8/25/2020)
(Texas) -- Border-wall contractors have cleared a swath of land just feet from two historic South Texas cemeteries, including one containing the graves of a local Native...
article Native American Stone Tool Technology Found in Arabia (8/5/2020)
(Yemen) -- A new study led by archaeologists from the CNRS, the Inrap, the Ohio State University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, reports...
article Unraveling the mystery of a stolen ceremonial shield (7/31/2020)
(New Mexico) -- For most of a century, before the shield went missing, it lived in the Pueblo of Acoma in west-central New Mexico. Acoma is one of the state’s 19...
article New California Bill Could Expand State’s Indigenous Repatriation Laws (7/24/2020)
(California) -- A California state bill, which is expected to be signed into law later this year, would expand which Indigenous groups are able to request the return of...
article California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes (7/23/2020)
(California) -- Indigenous tribes in California who are not federally recognised will be granted rights to reclaim their ancestral objects from museums and institutions...
article Returning ancient remains to Dokis First Nation an effort to right 'past wrongs' (7/21/2020)
(Ontario) -- For the past 10 years, work has been underway by people of the Dokis First Nation to have historical human remains returned to the community.

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