Before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) federal museums had no mandate to return the remains of native ancestors or their cultural items. On the 27th anniversary of the law’s enactment, we take a moment to look how it has helped Native Nations. We’ll also consider where the act has come up short. Has NAGPRA helped your tribe bring home those that were kept in museum collections? What’s ahead for those who call on NAGPRA to protect Native culture?
You can watch the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act here.
Shannon Keller O’Loughlin (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) – Executive Director / Association on American Indian Affairs
William “Willie” Johnson (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan) – Curator at Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
Break Music: Steamboat Akalii Song (song) Jay Begaye (artist) Horses Are Our Journey (album)