The National Park Service recently announced nearly $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to help museums, tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to document and repatriate remains and cultural objects back to their people.
“While we cannot go back in time and undo many of the wrongs of history, we can in this case rectify the wrongs of removing the remains of tribal ancestors and important cultural artifacts from native peoples,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a press release announcing the grants. “These grants will help Native Americans inter their ancestors with dignity and recover objects that are part of their heritage.”
The grants will support NAGPRA related projects and help pay for the costs associated with returning remains and cultural objects to their Native people.
“As a result of NAGPRA, more than 10,000 Native American human remains, one million funerary objects, and thousands of sacred objects have been united with tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director, in the release.
Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Smith River Rancheria and Susanville Indian Rancheria, all in California will each receive $90,000 as part of these grants.
For a full list of grant recipients, visit NPS.gov.