The Museum of Anthropology is in compliance with all provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Prior to November 16, 1993, the Museum submitted Summaries to the National Park Service (NPS) and tribal groups. The Museum filed its original Inventory to NPS in November 1995, and followed up with a revised inventory sent in March 2000. In April 2009, in response to the Future Applicability Ruling by the Federal Government, the Museum filed a third inventory focusing on those collections received at the Museum since 1993. The Museum continues to work with tribes throughout the United States in consultations and repatriation activities.
During the inventory process, the Museum of Anthropology identified over 250 collections with NAGPRA related materials. These included 15 archaeological sites containing human remains and associated funerary objects that could be culturally affiliated with a federally recognized tribe. Additionally, the Museum identified more than 300 items within our ethnology and ethnobotanical collections that we believe represent either sacred items or objects of cultural patrimony. In all these cases, culturally affiliated tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations have been notified.
The Museum of Anthropology, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is committed to continuing fostering dialog and consultations with Tribes from across the country.
If you have any questions about NAGPRA objects, archaeological sites, or compliance issues, please contact:
NAGPRA Project Manager
Office of the Vice President for Research
University of Michigan
4080 Fleming Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1340