Understanding the Native American Graves
The right of tribes to protect and preserve their ancestral remains and obtain the return of their sacred and ceremonial objects is essential to all tribes. But some archaeologists, anthropologists, museum curators, and their professional associations, as well as some federal agency officials have asserted that they should have a superior right to those of the tribes.
This class examines the federal major laws that address protection of Native American graves and the repatriation of ancestral remains, as well as the repatriation of sacred and ceremonial objects and items of cultural patrimony to the tribes. The principles of each statute will be carefully outlined to clearly explain tribal rights and the procedures for exercising those rights.
Through interactive exercises, group discussions and case studies, learn how to use the law as a tool for protecting ancestral remains and repatriating remains and objects from museums and federal agencies. Discuss effective strategies, standard practices and innovative ways to protect ancestral remains and obtain the return of your tribe’s vital cultural patrimony.
Perfect for historic preservation officers, museum managers, cultural affairs directors, natural resources managers and tribal leaders.
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