Tuesday, May 29, 2012

NAGPRA Consultation Conducted to Assess Native American Artifacts at Morristown

The visit, mandated under the NAGPRA legislation, was held at Morristown NHP for the first time on May 22, 2012.The purpose was to bring together tribes culturally associated with the artifacts in the park's collection. This consultation allowed the tribes a chance to review the collection in a "hands-on" way to determine if any were subject to repatriation under the NAGPRA legislation. It was determined during the consultation that more study was needed to more accurately understand the artifacts and whether or not they are subject to repatriation. The park will work with the regional ethnographer to ensure these studies are conducted in a timely manner.

Representatives from the Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, and Stockbridge-Munsee Community examine artifacts.

More about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) HERE.

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