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Native America Calling: Slow progress for repatriation
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Slow progress for repatriations
The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the latest institution going through a repatriation process starting this month.

The museum, which has dozens of human remains and hundreds of Indigenous funerary objects in its collection, hasn’t been in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990. And in Montana, several items were repatriated from the University of Missoula and will now be in the care of the Fort Peck Interpretive Center.

Several other institutions still have collections containing thousands of human remains and objects that fall under NAGPRA but it’s been slow work to get actual objects back into the care of tribes.

Guests on Native America Calling
Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with:

Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

Shannon Keller O’Loughlin (Choctaw), executive director of the Association on American Indian Affairs

Dyan Youpee (Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota), Fort Peck Tribes cultural resource director and tribal historic preservation officer about current efforts.

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