Editorial: Ancestors come home to Nisqually Tribe
"A wooden box on a shelf at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is not a fitting final resting place for American Indians from South Sound.

We are pleased that Smithsonian officials have agreed to send the skeletal remains of six members of the Nisqually tribe back to South Sound for proper burial.

Carmen Kalama, vice chairman of the tribe, is right when she says, “It’s time to put them to final rest.”

The unidentified American Indians arrived in the nation’s capital at different times. Three sets of the Nisqually remains are those of children, two are teenagers and the other was 25 to 35 years old. Three have been identified as female.

Since the passage of a federal law in 1989, the Smithsonian has “repatriated” or offered to return less than one-third of the 18,000 sets of skeletal remains of American Indians it has in its care. The process isn’t simple, sometimes requiring months of research to ensure that the remains are returned to the appropriate tribe.

“This issue has taken a long time to bring to conclusion,” said Cynthia Iyall, tribal chairwoman. She declared herself “thrilled” that the tribe will take custody of the remains and honor them in a proper ceremony."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Nisqually tribe links to past (The Olympian 6/12)

Relevant Links:
National NAGPRA - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra

Related Stories:
Lakota reburial ceremony at Black Hills Forest (05/15)
Museums face deadline to comply with NAGPRA (4/2)
Two appointments to NAGPRA review committee (03/20)
Utah bill to protect remains on private land passes (03/02)
Museum to repatriate bones to Miccosukee Tribe (02/09)
Utah bill expands protection for remains on private land (02/08)
Yellowstone National Park to repatriate skull (11/30)
Museum in New York to unveil restored Haida canoe (11/14)
Micmac woman appointed to NAGPRA review panel (10/31)
Judge faults BLM for decision on ancient remains (09/25)
Column: Fine tuning of Native repatriation act (08/28)
Federal Register: Nominations for NAGPRA panel (8/18)
Commentary: Long battle to repatriate ancestors (8/18)
Bill allows study of ancient remains on federal land (08/10)
Art museums urged to work with tribes on artifacts (08/10)
Artifacts stolen before being returned to Caddo Tribe (08/08)
Anniversary of Kennewick Man discovery nears (07/25)
Items taken from Auk Tribe returned to clans (06/28)
Perspective: NAGPRA impacts art and science (03/29)
Repatriation a major issue for tribes, museums (03/09)
Opinion: Common ground in Kennewick Man study (3/6)
Science Snapshot: Study of Kennewick Man (2/28)
Scientists continue study of Kennewick Man remains (2/24)
Kennewick Man's teeth may tell true age of remains (02/02)
University hires employee to oversee artifacts (01/20)
Bush administration opposes NAGPRA amendment (07/29)
Listening Lounge: Senate hearing on repatriation (07/28)
Editorial: Science trumps Native repatriation (7/27)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearings (7/25)
Editorial: McCain should drop NAGPRA amendment (7/20)
Scientists wrap up work on Kennewick Man remains (7/19)
Kennewick Man scientists fear NAGPRA amendment (7/15)
Scientists begin study of Kennewick Man remains (7/11)
NAGPRA amendment up for hearing in Senate (07/06)
Column: Hearing slated on two-word change to NAGPRA (06/24)
Scientists get ready to study Kennewick Man (6/21)
Native students upset over handling of artifacts (05/17)
Tribe says NAGPRA amendment will right a wrong (04/19)
Opinion: McCain bill will block study of ancient remains (04/14)
Scientists oppose McCain bill to change NAGPRA (04/08)
Panel approves Native Hawaiian, NAGPRA changes (03/10)
NAGPRA change up for Senate consideration again (3/9)
Tribes seek role in Kennewick Man proceedings (02/16)
Campbell-backed bill adds two words to NAGPRA (10/1)
NAGPRA board asked to review Bush-Geronimo claims (08/16)
Battle over Kennewick Man study far from over (08/02)
Editorial: Let Kennewick Man speak! (say what?) (07/22)
Column: Kennewick Man belongs to everyone (7/21)
Tribes to seek restrictions on Kennewick Man study (7/20)
Tribes drop Kennewick Man claim in court (7/20)
Repatriation process criticized at Senate hearing (07/15)
Editorial: It's about time Kennewick Man case ends (04/29)
Tribes debate next step in Kennewick Man case (04/27)
Kennewick rehearing denied (4/21)
Court rules scientists can study Kennewick Man (02/05)
Repatriation a slow process for everyone involved (01/13)
Native Hawaiians, museum in repatriation fight (06/02)
Chicago museum returning remains to Haida Nation (03/27)
Opinion: Artifact sentence a slap in the face (03/03)
Man who sold sacred items spared jail time (02/13)
N.M. man pleads guilty to selling artifacts (09/11)
Eagle feather ruling leaves open questions (8/6)
Norton treads uncharted waters over remains (4/11)
Appeals court upholds eagle protection laws (1/17)
Man denies crime for selling artifacts (11/16)
Indian man convicted of eagle violations (10/29)
Court to rehear eagle protection cases (8/9)
Minn. man sentenced for eagle violation (5/31)
Man pleads guilty to selling artifacts (11/2)
Undercover sting nets sacred artifacts (10/02)
Govt works to protect artifacts (6/29)
Yahoo! removes auction (6/22)
Culture for Sale: Sitting Bull (6/20)
Culture for Sale: eBay (5/23)