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Native Hawaiians call for change in NAGPRA

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a field hearing in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Native Hawaiians testified that the law isn't working. They said the definition of who can repatriate artifacts and remains is too broad and needs to be limited to family descendants.

Conflicts have arisen because Native Hawaiian organizations can reclaim artifacts and remains. A group called Hui Malama was criticized for burying items against the wishes of particular families.

Get the Story:
Hawaiians call law too broad (The Honolulu Star-Bulletin 12/9)

Relevant Links:
National NAGPRA Program, NPS -

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