National Park Service Press Release

National Park Service grants to help Native Americans identify and repatriate human remains and cultural objects
For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2013
Contact(s):   Mike Litterst, 202.208.4988

Sherry Hutt, 202-354-1479


National Park Service grants to help Native Americans identify and repatriate human remains and cultural objects

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced nearly $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to assist museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in documenting and returning human remains and cultural objects to their people.

“While we cannot go back in time and undo many of the wrongs of history, we can in this case rectify the wrongs of removing the remains of tribal ancestors and important cultural artifacts from native peoples,” Jewell said. “These grants will help Native Americans inter their ancestors with dignity and recover objects that are part of their heritage.”

Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections and to consult with federally recognized Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding the return of these objects to descendants or tribes and organizations.  The Act also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act.

The grants announced today support the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to further NAGPRA related projects (consultation/documentation grants), and to pay for the costs associated with the return of the human remains and objects to their native people (repatriation grants). 

“As a result of NAGPRA, more than 10,000 Native American human remains, one million funerary objects, and thousands of sacred objects have been united with tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations,” said Jarvis.

Projects funded by the grant program also include training for both museum and tribal staff on NAGPRA, digitizing collection records for consultation, and consultations regarding cultural affiliation and culturally unaffiliated individuals.

For additional information regarding these awards, contact Sherry Hutt, National NAGPRA Program Manager, at 202-354-1479 or via e-mail at sherry_hutt@nps.gov . 

 

FY2013 NAGPRA Consultation Grant Recipients

 

Central Council, Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

AK

$81,764.00

Hydaburg Cooperative Association

AK

$90,000.00

Catalina Island Museum

CA

$78,018.50

Ione Band of Miwok Indians

CA

$90,000.00

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California

CA

$43,573.00

San Francisco State University

CA

$87,289.00

Sherwood Valley Rancheria

CA

$53,669.00

Smith River Rancheria

CA

$90,000.00

Susanville Indian Rancheria

CA

$90,000.00

University of Denver Museum of Anthropology

CO

$89,919.00

Field Museum of Natural History

IL

$81,622.00

The Evanston History Center

IL

$20,122.00

Ball State University

IN

$52,019.00

Louisiana State University and A&M College

LA

$89,258.00

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (Ziibwing Center)

MI

$57,339.00

Rochester Museum and Science Center

NY

$73,018.00

Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

OK

$74,769.00

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation

OR

$36,887.00

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

OR

$66,741.00

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

WA

$89,955.21

State of West Virginia Division of Culture and History

WV

$30,675.00

Subtotal – consultation grants

 

$1,466,637.71

 

FY2013 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Recipients

University of Denver Museum of Anthropology

CO

$3,520.00

Seminole Tribe of Florida

FL

$11,328.00

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

OK

$3,050.00

Subtotal – repatriation grants

 

$17,898

 

TOTAL FOR ALL GRANTS                                                $1,484,535.71

 

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