Harvard Museum Reverses Course, Admits NAGPRA Applies to Collection of Hair Clippings from Native American Children
December 21, 2022
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Harvard's Peabody Museum is reversing course on its claims that federal repatriation laws don't apply to its collection of hair clippings taken from the heads of Native American children attending U.S. Indian Boarding Schools.
The museum, which announced the previously undocumented collection in early November, wrote in a listserv email chain last week it had been informed by the Department of Interior on Dec. 1 that the so-called "Woodbury Collection" is subject to the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).