. After criticism, Harvard’s Peabody Museum will revise its policies on repatriating Native American objects « JO LEE MAGAZINE

The Art News Paper – The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University says it will revise its repatriation policies in response to allegations that it has not fulfilled its legal obligations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (Nagpra). The statute requires federally funded institutions to inventory their holdings of Indigenous burial objects and human remains to ease the way for their repatriation. The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), a nonprofit organisation that advocates for the rights of American Indian communities, issued an open letter in February to Harvard’s president, Lawrence Bacow, accusing the institution of an “unconscionable” lag and convoluted review process regarding repatriation since Nagpra was enacted in 1990.

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