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Logan Museum Receives NAGPRA Grant

The Logan Museum of Anthropology is pleased to be a recipient of a 2021 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant

Funding will support consultation with Native American tribes in the Midwest, Southeast, and California to facilitate the repatriation of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains and associated funerary objects.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) provides a process for museums and Federal agencies to return human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. The Logan Museum has been complying with NAGPRA since its passage in 1990 and is now poised to accelerate consultations and repatriations with the goal of repatriating all human remains stewarded by the Logan Museum and Anthropology Department. The Museum’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan reinforces the primary importance of this work.

In addition, the Logan Museum and Anthropology Department have discontinued the use of human remains, regardless of origin, in teaching.

Accelerating NAGPRA consultations and repatriations and discontinued use of human remains in teaching directly supports Beloit College’s Becoming Better initiative. In June 2020, Black Students United shared “New Demands,” which included “Complete compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in relation to artifacts in the Logan Museum.” Repatriation is equity work.

The Logan Museum is working with Bernstein & Associations NAGPRA Consultants to help reach our goals. If you have any questions about Logan Museum and NAGPRA, please feel free to contact Nicolette Meister.

Nicolette B. Meister
August 16, 2021

Contact:

Nicolette B. Meister (meistern@beloit.edu or 608-363-2305)

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