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Repatriation of Aboriginal Remains and Artifacts in Canada

September 13, 2010


Last week I saw this Vancouver Sun article — Cultural treasures will be repatriated to B.C. first nation —  reporting on 300 Nisga artifacts (including masks, headdresses, rattles, blankets, and a totem pole) which will be returned to the B.C. tribe in a ceremony on September 15th. Maybe it’s the lawyer in me, but I […]

Scientists Ponder Legal Challenges to the New NAGPRA Provision

April 14, 2010


I’ve reported on the new provision of NAGPRA, currently in the comment phase, here, here, and here.  A new article in Indian Country states that scientists are pondering filing  “a lawsuit against a new [NAGPRA] rule”.  That’s kind of like me sitting around pondering the nature of electron tunneling (which I do). In this long […]

UPDATE: Kennewick Man to Return Home?

April 8, 2010


After my post the other day about the update to NAGPRA providing for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable remains, I received a message from a reader indicating his position that the Kennewick Man would not be affected by the changes in legislation because the Ninth Circuit held he was not Native American.  Really? Yes, really.  […]

The Nitty Gritty of NAGPRA’s New Rule on Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains

April 3, 2010


The other day here on CPAL I mentioned the new rule announced by the Department of the Interior to allow Native American remains which are culturally unidentifiable to be returned to a modern tribe, when those remains are stored in museums or Federal agencies.  As of that point, I had not seen the actual rule, […]

Kennewick Man to Return Home?

March 30, 2010


The Department of the Interior has announced that they will turn over Indian remains and artifacts currently in the possession of federal museums, even when the tribal origin of those remains has not been identified.  Those remains will be returned to the tribe that has a “proven presence on the land” where the remains were […]

Marlboro Lights, Busch Beer, and Looting Native American Sites: The vices of meth addicts

March 26, 2010


In the past, the CPAL Blog has explored the connection between methamphetamine addiction and looting.  The River Front Times has published another article on the subject, “Tweakers ‘N Diggers: Looters are pillaging Native American burial grounds to finance their meth habits.”  The article is well-written and engaging, taking the reader through stories relating to looting […]

NAGPRA leaves Hawaiian burial sites vulnerable.

September 27, 2008


In response to the recent CPAL post on the Naue burials lawsuit, several readers have emailed to ask why NAGPRA does not work to protect burials such as these.  In light of an excellent article released today on Indian Country Today, Applying NAGPRA in Hawaii, I thought it appropriate to answer this question with a […]