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Grave & Artifact Repatriation

First Nations

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...
article First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred burial site (6/16/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia and parts of the United States gathered at a sacred burial site in Abbotsford, B.C., alongside the...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Jamul Tribe

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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....
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
article Families reunited with ancestors during Carlisle Barracks disinterment (7/8/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- In an attempt to give families closure, the latest disinterment has wrapped up at the Carlisle Barracks. Scientists worked for nearly a month to...
article Remains of 6 more Carlisle Indian school children disinterred for return to families (7/8/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of six Native American children who died more than 100 years ago at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School have been...
article Native American Girls Who Died At 'Indian School' To Be Reinterred By Oneida (6/28/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Jemima Metoxen, Ophelia Powless and Sophia Caulon left home more than 100 years ago. The three Native American girls, members of the Oneida Nation, were...
article Oneida pow wow welcomes home remains of three tribe members (6/28/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The 47th annual Oneida pow wow kicked off with the nation’s traditional dances and music. But this year’s ceremonies are about more than...
article Century later, Oneida students' remains return home (6/25/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Three students from the Oneida Nation are heading home Tuesday. They are on a journey more than a century in the making. It began in a boarding school for...
article US Army to return remains of six Native American students to familie (6/15/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of Native American children who died while attending school in the midstate more than a century ago will soon be returned to their...
article Carlisle Barracks to conduct third disinterment of six Native Americans (6/13/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. Army plans to disinter the remains of six Native American children buried at the Carlisle Barracks in Cumberland County …
article Remains of 6 more Carlisle Indian school children will be returned to families (6/12/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The remains of six Native American children who died more than 100 years ago at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School will be...
article Army to disinter more American Indian children buried at Carlisle Barracks (6/10/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- For the third year in a row, the U.S. Army will be disinterring the remains of six American Indian children buried at the Carlisle Barracks. Officials...
article Army to disinter remains of six Native Americans at Carlisle Barracks (6/10/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. Army plans to disinter the remains of six Native American children buried at the Carlisle Barracks this summer. This is the third straight...
article Carlisle Barracks Graves: Disinterring and returning remains of Native American children (6/10/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Since 2017, the U.S. Army has undertaken three projects to return the remains of Native American children who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial...
18 Total Articles on this Issue

Oneida Nation

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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.
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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,...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Residential 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...
article 'First step in reconciliation' as government hands over residential school cemetery (6/25/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The grounds housing a cemetery where some three dozen Indigenous children — who died while attending Regina's Indian Industrial School (RIIS...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wisconsin Oneida

article Oneida Nation Boarding School Students Return Home a Century Later (7/6/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Across Indian Country, summer pow wows provide opportunities for tribe members to reconnect and celebrate cultures that have survived despite historic...
article Oneida Nation welcomes remains of girls who died in American Indian boarding school (6/30/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Three Oneida girls are returned home, a century after their deaths. The remains of the teenagers were recently recovered from a boarding school cemetery...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article Traditional Blackfeet rock cairn burial held for human remains (6/12/2019)
(Montana) -- The human remains found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last December were given a proper burial Wednesday morning. “We have tremendous respect...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Native Americans Demand Colleges and Universities Repatriate Their Ancestors (3/26/2020)
(USA) -- Native American leaders are challenging colleges and universities across the country—whose anthropology and archeology departments use ancient objects...
article Colleges Are Under Pressure to Return Native American Remains (3/24/2020)
(USA) -- There are few things as sacred in cultures around the world as death and afterlife rituals. Almost every culture and religion has ceremonies related to our...
article National Museums Scotland returns tribal skulls to Canada (3/22/2020)
(Canada) -- After a five-year campaign, National Museums Scotland (NMS) has formally repatriated the remains of two members of the long-lost Beothuk people. The skull of...
article 'We were horrified': Fights to repatriate Indigenous ancestral remains continue worldwide (3/15/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Vince Collison was 33 when he got involved with repatriating cultural treasures and ancestral human remains to Haida Gwaii. Today, the work isn...
article Beothuk remains returned to N.L. from Scotland 'almost home' says Mi'kmaq chief (3/11/2020)
(Newfoundland) -- The remains of two Beothuk people that were taken from a grave in central Newfoundland and sent to Scotland almost two centuries ago have been returned...
article Lecture series focuses on Native American content in museums (3/10/2020)
(New York) -- Cazenovia College’s annual Washburn Distinguished Lecture Series showcases notable individuals speaking on topics of broad interest. On March 4, the...
article Native Human Remains Suspected to Have Been Stored on Vassar College (2/29/2020)
(New York) -- Gabrielle James grew up in New Mexico and is now a student in a very different world, elite Vassar College in New York. It’s been a bit lonely. In...
article State reviewing possible artifacts at construction site (2/24/2020)
(Alabama) -- Alabama's preservation agency is investigating whether pottery shards, bone fragments and spearheads found near where a subdivision is being built in...
article 2,000 Native American remains, which sat at a university for 50 years, will soon go home (2/23/2020)
(Tennessee) -- For decades, the remains of thousands of Native Americans have been resting at a university in Tennessee. But this spring, they will finally go home....
article Ancient Native American Remains Found During Father and Son Bike Ride (2/23/2020)
(Washington) -- Recent coastal erosion in the state of Washington has uncovered Native American remains in two locations along the seaside Highway 101. In September of...
article Hamilton museum to lead preservation of 2,000-year-old Native-American earthworks (2/19/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- At first glance, it may seem unusual for the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum to oversee a nearby future parkland that houses 2,000-year-old...
article New homes in Huntsville being built over possible 1500-year-old Native American burial sites (2/19/2020)
(Alabama) -- State officials are investigating reports that a north Alabama developer is building homes on the site of a Native American village and likely burial site...
article Vassar stores Native American human remains, launches NAGPRA investigation. (2/18/2020)
(New York) -- Vassar College is situated on Delaware Nation, Delaware Lenape Tribe and Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican lands. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, President Elizabeth...
article Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe (2/16/2020)
(North Dakota) -- In a storage room at the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department, the remains of almost 2,000 Arikara and Mandan people rest in boxes,...
press release FBI Art Crime Team Announces the Repatriation of Over 450 Cultural and Historical Artifacts to the Republic of Haiti (2/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Art Crime Team announced today the repatriation of over 450 cultural and historical artifacts to the...
article Oxford University restores Maasai artefacts (2/13/2020)
(UK) -- In the oak-panelled bookbinders Ale House, a group of Maasai tribespeople gathers the day before returning to Tanzania and Kenya, to sip cappuccinos and bitter...
article Headdress of Native Leader to Return to Wyoming Tribe (2/3/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The headdress worn by a Native leader in Wyoming is returning to the tribe after he gave it to a non-Native dentist living in the state, tribal leaders said.
article OP/ED: New York Lags on Native Graves Protection (1/30/2020)
(New York) -- A struggle in the Shinnecock Hills over the remains of native people points to the absence in New York State of effective protection of important cultural...
article Native American group amends its lawsuit against Alamo restoration effort (1/22/2020)
(Texas) -- A Native American organization seeking to stop or delay the Alamo restoration project so that human remains unearthed during excavation can be tested went...
article Artifacts stolen nearly 30 years ago returned to R.I. museum (1/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Native American arrowheads have been returned to the Rhode Island museum they were stolen from nearly 30 years ago. Agents from the U.S. Department of...

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