As new federal law requirements went live last week, museums and institutions holding Native American human remains and artifacts across the country scrambled to understand and implement new changes. Native advocates say it's just the beginning.
On Jan. 9, three days before the new federal regulations went into effect, Chicago's Field Museum covered several display cases containing cultural items from Native communities throughout the United States.
"Pending consultation with the represented communities, we have covered all cases that we believe contain cultural items that could be subject to these regulations," the museum wrote in a statement. "The Field Museum does not have any Native American human remains on display."