10 takeaways from our investigation into museum collections of Native American remains from CT
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Artifacts, dioramas, and representations of Native American culture from the northwest coast of North America are displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in May 2022 after undergoing an extensive renovation based on input from representatives of Indigenous tribes whose cultures are on display.
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Jason Mancini, executive director of Connecticut Humanities and former head of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
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Wesleyan University's campus in Middletown
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In 2017, Yale Peabody Museum Director David Skelly, far right, and Yale University President Peter Salovey, second from right, admire a bowl gifted to the university by Mohegan tribe leaders, third from right to left, Chief Many Hearts Lynn Malerba, Chair Kevin Brown "Red Eagle" and Council of Elders Chair Laurence Roberge before a ceremony to finalize an agreement to transfer hundreds of objects of tribal origin from the museum to the tribe's Tantaquidgeon Museum, the oldest Native American owned and operated museum in the United States.
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The University of Connecticut's campus in Storrs
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The remains of at least 204 Native ancestors taken from Connecticut still sit in museums more than three decades after Congress passed a law requiring them to return such remains.
That finding comes from a
three part investigation by Hearst Connecticut Media Group into how museums in Connecticut have responded to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Joshua Eaton is an investigative reporter at Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Before joining Hearst, he was on investigative and enterprise teams at NBC News, CQ Roll Call and ThinkProgress. His work has also appeared at The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Kaiser Health News, Al Jazeera America, The Intercept and elsewhere.
Vincent Gabrielle is a reporter with Hearst Connecticut Media Group. He is an award-winning science journalist who has covered COVID-19, Manhattan Project legacy waste disposal, cryptocurrency miners and mountain snorkelers. Raised in western Massachusetts, he's lived all over the country and worn a lot of unusual hats. You can find him on weekends looking for horseshoe crabs near New Haven.