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NAGPRA

The federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) provides institutions receiving federal funding with a process for transferring Native American cultural items to lineal descendants and federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.  These cultural items may include human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to fulfilling its obligations under NAGPRA through consultations with appropriate tribal communities and through the return of human remains and cultural objects to those individuals, tribes, and organizations who have requested these remains and objects and have the right to them.

For more information about NAGPRA, please visit the NAGPRA web site maintained by the National Park Service.

Questions about UTK’s NAGPRA-governed collections should be directed to the university’s NAGPRA committee through the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs:

 

Robert Hinde
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Chair, UTK NAGPRA Committee
521 Andy Holt Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
vpaa@utk.edu
865-974-0684

 

Please note that UTK houses several collections that are under the control of the Tennessee Valley Authority or other federal agencies for the purposes of NAGPRA. If an inquiry relates to one of these collections, UTK will provide the appropriate contact information.

  • Tim Baumann
  • Sandy Cridlin
  • Robert Hinde (chair)
  • Ellen Lofaro
  • Donna McCarthy
  • Sarah Pruett
  • Brian Ranger
  • Adrienne Tafoya
  • Giovanna Vidoli
  • Catherine Lane (non-voting liaison to Office of the General Counsel)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma have requested the disposition of two archaeological sites in Polk county, Tennessee.

The Crow Tribe of Montana has requested the repatriation of four archaeological sites in Grand Valley, Treasure, and Yellowstone counties in Montana as well as near Buffalo, Wyoming.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma have requested the disposition of archaeological sites from Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Sullivan counties, Tennessee.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma have requested the repatriation of archaeological sites from Monroe county, Tennessee.

The Kaw Nation of Oklahoma has requested the repatriation of an archaeological site from Doniphan county, Kansas.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma have requested the disposition of archaeological sites from Bartow county, Georgia; Davidson county, Tennessee; and Smyth county, Virginia.

The Osage Nation has requested the repatriation of 6 archaeological sites from Benton, Buchanan, Phelps and Platte counties, Missouri.

The Chickasaw Nation, Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma have requested the disposition of nine archaeological sites in Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Stewart, and Williamson counties in Tennessee.  A Notice of Inventory Completion was published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2018. Legal control of 154 MNI of ancestral remains, and 12,711 AFOs transferred to the Chickasaw Nation, Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma on January 23, 2019.

The Three Affiliated Tribes, also known as the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, has requested the repatriation of twelve archaeological sites in Morton county, North Dakota as well as Campbell, Charles Mix, Corson, Lyman, and Walworth counties in South Dakota. These sites are under the joint control of the University of Tennessee and the US Army Corps of Engineers. A Notice of Inventory Completion and a Notice of Intent to Repatriate were published in the Federal Register on November 9, 2019.  Legal control of 1971 MNI of ancestral remains, 2263 lots of AFOs, and 77 UFOs transferred to the Three Affiliated Tribes on December 10, 2019.