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Federal Government Overhauls NAGPRA to Expedite Return of Native Ancestral Remains

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Bryan Newland

On Dec. 6, Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced revisions to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act at the White House Tribal Summit in Washington D.C. 

NAGPRA has been law for decades and is meant to ensure all ancestral remains and artifacts are returned to their tribal nations.

The revisions closed loopholes by setting a five-year deadline for all museums and federally funded institutions to return their collections of Native American human remains and burial objects to their present-day tribal nations.

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