|Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005|
The National Park Service has announced the awarding of $1,304,385 to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Alaska Native villages and corporations with implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The NPS has already awarded $56,509 this fiscal year to support the repatriation of Native American cultural items to culturally affiliated Indian tribes. Projects to be undertaken by FY 2005 documentation grant recipients include regional consultation meetings for tribes, museums, and federal agencies, a conference on the chemical and spiritual contamination of ancestral remains, the cataloguing of cultural materials recovered from archaeological sites, and numerous other projects that support the NAGPRA goals of documentation and consultation in preparation for the repatriation process. In FY 2005, the NPS received 48 NAGPRA documentation grant applications from 28 Indian tribes, 15 museums, and five Alaska Native villages and corporations, for a total request of approximately $3.3 million. Proposals were reviewed by an expert panel of Native Americans and museum professionals from a variety of Federal agencies. Awards are being made to the 20 grantees listed below. $73,518 - Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, WI (Edith S. Leoso, 715-682-7111) $72,468 - Colorado Historical Society, CO (Bridget Ambler, 303-866-4531) $11,031 - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, OR (Teara Farrow, 541-276-3629) $74,946 - Delaware Nation, OK (Tamara Francis, 405-247-2448) $74,554 - Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, NV (Maurice Frank-Churchill, 775-863-0227) $74,686 - Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, LA (Christine Norris, 318-992-2717) $73,250 - Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, CA (Arlene Ward, 530-343-6614) $73,966 - Museum of Northern Arizona, AZ (Elaine Hughes, 928-774-5211) $73,000 - Rochester Museum and Science Center, NY (Gian Carlo Cervone, 585-271-4552) $45,966 - Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, MI (Bonnie Ekdahl, 989-775-4750) $75,000 - San Diego Archaeological Center, CA (Cindy Stankowski, 760-291-0370) $67,525 - Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians, MI (Cecil Pavlat, Sr., 906-632-7480) $70,339 - Sealaska Corporation, AK (Kathy Miller, 907-586-9234) $17,176 - Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley, NV (Ted Howard, 208-759-3100) $74,793 - Sitka Tribe of Alaska, AK (Alicia Gassman, 907-747-3207) $54,685 - Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, WA (Shawn Yanity, 360-652-7362) $75,000 - Susanville Indian Rancheria, CA (Timothy Kesey, 530-251-5623) $75,000 - Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, AK (Desiree J. Duncan, 907-463-7183) $73,258 - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Stephen Lekson, 303-492-6671) $74,224 - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (Karen Harry, 702-894-2534) Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections, and to consult with culturally affiliated Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding repatriation. Section 10 of the Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act. For additional information regarding these awards, contact Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Ph.D., National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W. (2253), Washington, DC 20240; telephone (202) 354-2203.