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NAGPRA enforcement enters new era after more than 30 years

Museums and educational institutions are facing new pressures to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) amid high-level attention to the decades-old law.

NAGPRA regulations finalized by the Biden administration on the eve of the White House Tribal Nations Summit in December have already forced some institutions to remove cultural items from public view. The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, was one of the first to take action as it considers how to secure “consent” from the Native communities affected.

“The announcement that the Field Museum will cover some of its displays to follow federal regulations is progress,” said Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Chairman Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick, who noted that his tribe, how based in Kansas, has roots in Illinois.


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