A proposed change in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would give tribes added muscle to hold museums accountable for the human remains they continue to keep in their collections. Museums still hold remains of thousands of Indigenous ancestors. Many times the burden is on tribes to prove their origins. Changes to the law would shift the burden to institutions to justify retaining the items.
Shannon Keller O’Loughlin (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) – executive director / Association on American Indian Affairs
Desiree Martinez (Gabrielino-Tongva) – president of Cogstone Resource Management and Tongva Tribal Archeologist
Dr. April Counceller (member of the Sun’aq Tribe and affiliated with the village of Larsen Bay) – executive director for the Alutiiq Museum and Archeological Repository
Break 1 music: Memorial Song (song) Porcupine Singers (artist) Alowanpi – Songs Of Honoring – Lakota Classics: Past & Present, Vol. 1 (album)
Break 2 music: Ideal Dub (song) Casper Loma Da-Wa (artist) Honor the People (album)