U of North Dakota Will Return Native American Stays

The College of North Dakota has discovered Native American “human stays … believed to be partial skeletal stays from dozens of people.”

That’s what President Andrew P. Armacost told the campus Wednesday.

“When the federal regulation referred to as the Native American Graves Safety and Repatriation Act was accepted in 1990, the college had a duty to return ancestors and sacred objects to their tribal lands. Though this effort inexplicably fell quick at UND, we’re absolutely dedicated to righting this unsuitable,” Armacost stated.

He first discovered of the difficulty in March, when some school and workers members stated they “discovered on campus sacred objects from Indigenous communities.” The college knowledgeable federal companies and tribes straight away.

However “to conduct this course of in a dignified and respectful method, UND made no public statements through the preliminary contact section with tribal authorities and the suitable state and federal companies. This resolution was made in accordance with the steerage and desires supplied by the tribal representatives. Throughout the early levels of this course of, we now have noticed Indigenous customs and traditions within the dealing with of the ancestors and sacred objects, to the easiest of our skills,” Armacost added.

He stated the method would take time. “Repatriation will take time and onerous work, maybe a number of years. UND will rent the suitable cultural useful resource consultants to assist with this course of. The remaining assortment at UND is important, with dozens of ancestors and several other hundred containers of objects taken from Indigenous land and communities, requiring painstaking labor for identification and placement,” he stated.

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