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National Park Service Grants to Help Native Americans Identify and Repatriate Human Remains and Cultural Objects
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced nearly $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to assist museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in documenting and returning human remains and cultural objects to their people.

“While we cannot go back in time and undo many of the wrongs of history, we can in this case rectify the wrongs of removing the remains of tribal ancestors and important cultural artifacts from native peoples,” Jewell said. “These grants will help Native Americans inter their ancestors with dignity and recover objects that are part of their heritage.”

Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections and to consult with federally recognized Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding the return of these objects to descendants or tribes and organizations.  The Act also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act.

The grants announced today support the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to further NAGPRA related projects (consultation/documentation grants), and to pay for the costs associated with the return of the human remains and objects to their native people (repatriation grants). 

“As a result of NAGPRA, more than 10,000 Native American human remains, one million funerary objects, and thousands of sacred objects have been united with tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations,” said Jarvis.

Projects funded by the grant program also include training for both museum and tribal staff on NAGPRA, digitizing collection records for consultation, and consultations regarding cultural affiliation and culturally unaffiliated individuals.

For additional information regarding these awards, contact Sherry Hutt, National NAGPRA Program Manager, at 202-354-1479 or via e-mail at sherry_hutt@nps.gov.


Posted: June 29, 2013
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