National Park Service Announces FY 2012 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Awards
(Washington, D.C.) --- National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $82,874 in grants to assist American Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, and museums with implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The grants will assist in the repatriation of over 150 individuals and over 15,000 sacred objects, objects of cultural patrimony and funerary objects back to the tribes.
“Returning human beings to their descendants and cultural items to their inheritors is unequivocally the right thing to do,” Jarvis said. “These grants will help to rectify an offense committed against American Indians in the past.” “I am proud that the National Park Service plays a key role in the implementation of NAGPRA,” added Jarvis. “We take care of many places and objects that are part of our nation’s cultural heritage, and we are privileged to help American Indians enjoy their right to care for 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 culturally affiliated Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding repatriation. Section 10 of the Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act.
For additional information regarding these awards, contact Sherry Hutt, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street (2253), Washington, DC 20005; telephone (202) 354-1479.
Awards are listed below.
FY 2012 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Recipients
Recipient State Award
- Hoonah Indian Association (AK) $14,719
- White Mountain Apache Tribe (AZ) $15,000
- Ione Band of Miwok Indians (CA) $15,000
- Wiyot Tribe (CA) $15,000
- University of Colorado, Boulder (C0) $10,269
- Jena Band of Choctaw Indians (LA) $12,886
- TOTAL $82,874
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