Repatriation is equity work.
The Logan Museum is committed to developing and 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 on February 7, 2009.
Since the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) 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’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan prioritizes NAGPRA consultations and repatriations. To accelerate this work, the Museum is working with Bernstein & Associates, NAGPRA Consultants, and is currently implementing a FY 2021 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant focused on the disposition of culturally unidentified individuals from the Midwest, Southeast, and California.
The Logan Museum welcomes meaningful consultation with tribal representatives. Tribal representatives are welcome to request additional collection documentation, are invited to visit the Logan Museum to view collections, and are welcome to photograph objects for traditional use and tribal distribution. For NAGPRA-related collection information or visit arrangements, please contact Nicolette Meister, NAGPRA Coordinator, at 608-363-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.