National Park Service Press Release

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2015
Contact(s):
Vistoria Stauffenberg, (202) 208-6843


NAGPRA Consultation and Repatriation Grants Awarded to 15 Tribes and 16 Museums

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced the award of more than $1.5 million in Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program repatriation and consultation grants.  Thirty-seven grants were awarded to 15 Indian tribes and 16 museums to assist in the identification, documentation, and return of ancestral remains and cultural objects in museum collections to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.

“These grants address the basic desire to have stewardship over one’s own heritage,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “The NAGRPA process provides the opportunity for ancestral remains and cultural items to be returned to American Indian and Native Hawaiian peoples.”

Projects funded include the repatriation of more than 300 ancestors and numerous funerary and traditional items to Indian tribes across the United States, travel by Indian tribal representatives to consultations with museums holding potentially affiliated remains and other cultural items, specialized training for both museums and tribes on NAGPRA, and the development of a tribal coalition to collaborate and facilitate the repatriation of significant collections currently in museums.

Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural objects in their collections, and to consult with Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding repatriation.  Section 10 of the Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act.

A list of 2015 grant recipients is below:

 

State

Recipient

Amount

AK

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

$88,161

AK

Native Village of Barrow  (2 awards)

$24,760

AZ

Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona (2 awards)

$103,834

CA

Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians

$90,000

CA

Karuk Tribe

$70,400

CA

Regents of the University of California (2 awards)

$176,753

CA

Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California

$81,785

CA

Wiyot Tribe

$9,564

CO

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

$90,000

CO

History Colorado (2 awards)

$17,558           

CT

Yale University

$48,700

FL

Seminole Tribe of Florida

$6,863

HI

Honolulu Academy of Arts

$14,235

IA

State Historical Society of Iowa

$4,584

IA

University of Iowa

$89,395

IN

Ball State University

$89,652

IN

Trustees of Indiana University

$46,348

MI

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan

$12,816

MI

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

$8,861

MN

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

$90,000

NY

Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of University at Buffalo

$42,818

NY

Rochester Museum & Science Center

$89,893

OK

Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma

$90,000

OK

Chickasaw Nation

$2,407

OK

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

 $6,309

OK

Comanche Nation

$85,300

OK

Delaware Tribe of Indians

$15,000

OK

Kaw Nation

$13,905

OK

Osage Nation (3 awards)

 $29,513

WA

University of Washington

$32,719

WV

State of West Virginia Division of Culture and History

$10,519

Total

$1,582,652

 

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