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Justice for Ishi: UC removes hall's name


March 17, 2021

The University of California at Berkeley has stripped the name of a controversial anthropologist from a science and arts building, drawing praise as a “first step” toward healing tensions with tribes and Indigenous students but reigniting criticisms over slow repatriation of Native remains.

For more than 50 years, the building carried the name of Alfred Louis Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist whose research in the early 1900s influenced the study of California tribes for decades.

But his involvement in the exhumation and collection of Indigenous remains and his treatment of a Native man called Ishi – dubbed “the last wild Indian in the United States” – brought growing demands on Berkeley to remove his name.


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