Reading List: Repatriation
|Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States
Roger C. Echo-Hawk and Walter R. Echo-Hawk.
Lerner Publications Company, Minneapolis, 1994.
Battlefield and Burial Grounds examines the double standard of the treatment of grave sites, and the struggle of Native Americans to reclaim and rebury their dead often against the competing interests of archaeologists and anthropologists.
|Blessing for a Long Time: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe
Robin Ridington & Dennis Hastings.
Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.
Omaha oral narratives tell the story of the Sacred Pole (Umon’hon’ti, the Venerable Man). The Omaha relinquished the sacred Pole to Harvard’s Peabody Museum in 1888 under pressure from the U.S. Government. The Sacred Pole was returned by the museum to the Omaha in 1989.
|International Journal of Cultural Property. Vol. 7, No. 1, 1998. “Special Issue: Ethical Considerations and Cultural Property.”
Cary, NC: Oxford University Press.
A bi-annual journal edited by Patty Gerstenblith, Esq., includes sections on General and Participants’ Perspectives, Case Histories and Case Notes, Documents on a Selection of Ethical Codes, Conference Reports, and Book Reviews. Professor of law, Patty Gerstenblith edited this special issue, calling it, “a significant milestone…of the Cultural Property Society.”
(Introduction by Daniel Shapiro.)
|The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: Whose Culture? Whose Property?
Phyllis Mauch Messenger (Editor), University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
This book explores ethical, legal, and intellectual issues related to excavating, selling, collecting, and owning cultural artifacts. Twenty-two contributors, representing archaeology, law, museum administration, art history, and philosophy, suggest how the numerous interested groups, often at odds, can cooperate to resolve cultural heritage, ownership, and repatriation issues, and improve the protection of cultural property worldwide.
|Implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
Series edited by Roxana Adams.
Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 2001.
This book reports on a decade of museum experiences with NAGPRA, including such topics as museum policy and procedures and discussions of the meeting of two world views around museum implementation of NAGPRA. There is also a chapter on the control of cultural property as human rights legislation.
|Ecocide of Native America: Environmental Destruction of Indian Lands and Peoples
Donald Grinde and Bruce Johansen. Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers, 1995.
Provides factual accounts of the ongoing expropriation of land and traditional subsistence rights of Native Americans.
|Repatriation Reader: Who Owns America Indian Remains?
Edited by Devon A. Mihesuah.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
This anthology focuses on issues surrounding the repatriation of American Indian remains and artifacts, providing a wide range of viewpoints on ethical, legal, and cultural issues.
|Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions
Andrew Gulliford. University Press of Colorado, May 2000.
This book combines native oral histories, photographs, drawings, and case studies vital to the cultural preservation of America Indians,
|In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Fulcrum Publishin (July 30, 2013).
In 2007 the United Nations approved the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. United States endorsement in 2010 ushered in a new era of Indian law and policy. This book highlights steps that the United States, as well as other nations, must take to provide a more just society and heal past injustices committed against indigenous peoples.
|Sweet Medicine: Sites of Indian Massacres, Battlefields, and Treaties
Photos by Drex Brooks, Essay by Patricia Nelson Limerick.
Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.
Presents recent photographs of important historic sites, many of which have been transformed into recreational areas or urban spaces.
|The Rights of Indians and Tribes: The Basic ACLU Guide to Indian and Tribal Rights
Stephen Pevar, Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press. American Civil Liberties Union, 1992.
This ACLU handbook discusses the powers of Indian tribes; civil and criminal jurisdiction on Indian reservations; Indian hunting, fishing and water rights; taxation; the Indian Civil Rights Act; the Indian Child Welfare Act; and tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.