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Museums have more than a million native american skeletons in their collections: Should all native american remains be returned to the tribes for proper burial or other purposes?

Museums have more than a million native american skeletons in their collections: Should all native american remains be returned to the tribes for proper burial or other purposes?
  • Tribes Should Decide Fate of Museum Skeletons

    The decision of whether or not to return more than a million skeletal remains of Native Americans that are in museum collections should not be determined by the museums themselves or by the United States government. Instead, Present Native American tribal councils and leaders should instead be able to make this decision because the skeletal remains are their ancestors and they may wish to leave the remains in the museums or remove them and bury them. Furthermore, different Native American tribes may have differing opinions on this matter.

  • Yes, all native american remains should be returned to the tribes for proper burial or other purposes.

    Yes, all native american remains should be returned to the tribes for proper burial or other purposes. By keeping them in storage, museums are not letting them rest in peace. We treated native americans so poorly while they were alive. Now we are treating them just as terribly during death.

  • Yes, there is no reason for a museum to have a human skeleton.

    It's possible that I'm overlooking something, but it's hard for me to imagine a good reason for a museum to have human skeletons. It seems very disrespectful, and even dehumanizing. Those skeletons should be returned to the tribes. After all of the mistreatment, abuse and discrimination that Native Americans have faced in this country, they deserve at least that much.

  • It would be impossible to do.

    There is no way to determine who owns the skeleton of a Native American. Does the tribe own it? Does the descendant of the person own it? How do you determine who that is when a person has many children? It is too hard to return these remains to their so-called rightful owners, so they should just stay in their museums.


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