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The nation’s largest federally-owned public utility is making moves to repatriate nearly 4,800 human remains and 1,400 ceremonial objects. It is just a portion of what ProPublica reports is the 8th largest collection of unrepatriated Native American remains in the U.S. held by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA collected the remains it encountered as it developed land in at least three states. The agency, and five affiliate institutions including the University of Tennessee, are holding the remains. Today on Native America Calling, we learn more about this major repatriation effort with Shannon O’Loughlin (Choctaw), attorney and CEO of the Association on American Indian Affairs; Meg Cook, TVA senior archaeologists and NAGPRA; and Marianne Shuler, TVA senior specialist and tribal liaison.
Break 1 music: Reunion (song) Samantha Crain (artist) A Small Death (album)
Break 2 music: Heeia (song) Henry Kapono (artist) The Wild Hawaiian (album)