National Park Service staff are shown a Tlingit hat. Photo: NPS

Tribes receive Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants

Tribes, museums and educational institutions across the nation are benefiting from Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants.

The National Park Service announced nearly $1.7 million in grants to 35 entities. The money will fund repatriation, reburial, consultation and related efforts.

"Through these grants the National Park Service works with tribes, museums, and partners to facilitate the return of sacred objects and ancestral remains to native peoples," said Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said in a September 7 press release.

The Coushatta Tribe received $14,998 and is the first in Louisiana to benefit from the NAGPRA grant program, KPLC reported.

“It’s an acknowledgement about the resilience, the perseverance, and the identity in who we are as a people, as Coushatta people,” Chairman David Sickey told the station.

Of the 35 grants, 16 are for repatriation efforts. Of these, the majority went to tribes and tribal entities.

The remaining 19 grants are for consultation and documentation efforts. Of these, the majority went to educational institutions and museums.

Read More on the Story
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana receives grant to bring sacred items home (KPLC September 26, 2018)
Lake County Forest Preserve museum returns Native American remains for burial (The Chicago Tribune September 25, 2018)
Native American bones will be turned over to tribes (The Associated Press September 15, 2018)
Texas A&M receives grant to help repatriate Native American artifacts (The Bryan Eagle September 12, 2018)
Artifacts And Human Remains Collected Years Ago To Be Returned To Tribes (KUNC September 11, 2018)

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