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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Compliance

In 1990 the United States Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA; Public Law No. 101-601, 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-3013). The MSU Museum is in full compliance with the provisions of NAGPRA. As a public repository the Michigan State University Museum provided inventories of affiliated and culturally unidentifiable human remains, associated funerary objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to the NAGPRA office of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and continues to update this documentation.

We have provided inventories of MSU Museum holdings to all affected Federally Recognized Tribes, and continue to respond to tribal requests for information on both individual objects as well as larger collections. As appropriate, we have published notices in the Federal Register of findings of cultural affiliation, have engaged in consultation with tribes, and on two occasions have repatriated major holdings of human remains and associated funerary objects to culturally affiliated Native American groups.

The MSU Museum will continue to be diligent in our compliance with the spirit and the letter of NAGPRA.

The MSU Museum has designated a NAGPRA Compliance Officer to facilitate such compliance.