NAGPRA Project Completed for University of Puget Sound

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The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is a federal law passed in 1990. It provides a process for museums and federal agencies to return Native American cultural items and human remains to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated Indian tribes. Public and private museums that have received federal funds are subject to NAGPRA. The University of Puget Sound’s Slater Museum of Natural History needed expertise to determine the cultural affiliation of human remains from three locations in Pierce County, Washington.

ESA provided anthropology and ethnography expertise, augmenting the Slater Museum’s capabilities. The collections were subject to multiple claims and complex histories (including remains removed from a historic battle location). Our team reviewed case files provided by the Slater Museum, conducted ethnographic research, and prepared a report of cultural affiliation for human remains and funerary objects for each of the three locations. We prepared draft Notices of Inventory Completion which the Slater Museum finalized and submitted to the National NAGPRA Program after consultation.

ESA collaborated with the Slater Museum of Natural History to assist with repatriating human remains from three locations in compliance with national, state, and local regulations.

Specialized Services

  • Inventories and reporting
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • Native American, ethnographic, and archaeological studies