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Repatriation

The Logan Museum has long been committed to maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with the Native American communities represented by its collections. From 2005 through early 2009, the Logan Museum reviewed and redrafted its Policy on Repatriation and Management of Culturally Sensitive Materials. The Wisconsin Inter-Tribal Repatriation Committee, as well as Beloit College staff members, Board of Trustees members, and legal counsel, offered useful suggestions. The Beloit College Board of Trustees approved the policy posted here on February 7, 2009. Anyone with questions or wishing to obtain information about repatriation policy or procedures should contact Dr. William Green, Director and Repatriation Coordinator, at greenb@beloit.edu or call 608-363-2119.

Since the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in 1990, the museum has sent summaries of sacred objects, objects of cultural patrimony, and unassociated funerary objects, as well as inventories of human remains and associated funerary objects, to Indian tribes, Native Alaskan villages and corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations. The Logan Museum is currently revising NAGPRA inventories of culturally affiliated and culturally unidentifiable human remains and associated funerary objects.

The Logan Museum welcomes the opportunity to consult with tribal representatives. Tribal representatives are welcome to request additional collection documentation, are invited to visit the Logan Museum to view specific objects, and are welcome to photograph objects for traditional use and tribal distribution. For NAGPRA-related collection information or visit arrangements, please contact Nicolette Meister, Curator of Collections at meistern@beloit.edu or 608-363-2305.