National Museum of the American Indian To Discuss the Return of Ancestral Remains

During the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian joins the Australian government, the Chickasaw Nation and the Association on American Indian Affairs for a panel discussion on international repatriation, or the return of human remains to indigenous communities across sovereign borders. The event is hosted by the United States Mission to the U.N. Thursday, May 23, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at 45th Street and First Avenue, New York City.

Moderated by Honor Keeler (Cherokee), chair of the Working Group on International Repatriation for the AAIA, the panel will feature scholars from the museum’s Repatriation Department, delegates from the Australian government and a representative from the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. The speakers will address the growing international movement to repatriate indigenous ancestors, as well as the historical, legal, logistical and human-rights issues involved.

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