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General Law Division


During Colonization, American Indian tribes lost homes, language, and culture. The Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed to help rebuild the relationship with American Indian tribes after it had been destroyed during colonization. NAGPRA sets forth laws regarding the repatriation of remains and cultural objects which are being held in museums and by federal agencies. The legislative history behind this act shows Congress worked hard to find the best device to help with repatriation. However, NAGPRA’s language left holes in the law which led to different issues argued in litigation. Many American Indians began feeling that NAGPRA was not the answer they were looking for. This Comment analyzes the NAGPRA including its legislative history, issues argued in litigation, and the proposed 2023 implementations to the regulations.




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