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Chickasaw Nation Part of National Park Grant to Return Sacred Artifacts – FOX23 News


The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $2.1 million in grants to nine Indian tribes and 20 museums across the country to assist in the documentation and repatriation of ancestral remains and cultural artifacts as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

“The repatriation of human remains and sacred cultural objects to Native American tribes, Alaska Natives and the Native Hawaiian community is fundamental to ensuring the preservation of native culture,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “These grants are just one of the ways the National Park Service is advancing a whole-of-government effort to strengthen tribal sovereignty and repair our nation-to-nation relationships.”

Six grants will enable the return of cultural objects, more than 3,500 objects used in funeral rituals and the remains of 493 ancestors.

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will receive one of the largest awards.

State Recipient Reward amount
A-Z Arizona Board of Trustees, University of Arizona $15,000.00
HE Listed Natural History Museum $14,988.00
MY Worcester Natural History Society $4,311.00
OKAY Chickasaw Nation $15,000.00
Washington Burke Museum Association $10,964.00
WI Beloit College $12,242.00
Total $72,505.00

Many of these artifacts were salvaged and sold before the tribes could claim them.

One of the recipients, Beloit College, will repatriate the remains of five people and 26 grave goods removed from Ventura County, California. NPS says that between 1875 and 1889 the ancestral remains were removed by an amateur archaeologist who then sold the collection to the Logan Museum.

Representatives of seven culturally affiliated Indian tribes will travel from California to Wisconsin to bring ancestors and grave goods back to California.

Twenty-four Consultation and Documentation Grants will fund travel for museum and tribal staff, consultation meetings, and research, all in support of the repatriation process.

In Oklahoma, the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma received a $100,000 grant and the Gilcrease Museum Management Trust will receive $85,364.