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Detail of Santo Domingo pot (NMNH catalog no. E418990A)
Consultation & Repatriation

Communication and collaboration with Native groups is the foundation of the repatriation process at the National Museum of Natural History. These pages explore the steps in the repatriation process, and provide information about consultation visits, the availability of travel grants, and policies and procedures of the Repatriation Office.

Killer Whale Hat on Mark Jacobs

Dak'laweidi clan leader, Mark Jacobs, Jr., receives a Killer Whale Hat during a repatriation ceremony. Photo by Eric Hollinger, Repatriation Office, 2005.

bulletPlanning a Consultation Visit
The Repatriation Office would like to help make consultation visits as easy as possible. This section provides information about travel grants, transportation and other tips for planning a visit.

bulletWhat Happens During a Consultation
Every consultation visit is different according to the needs and interests of the visitors, and we can develop an agenda specific to the needs of the visiting group.

bulletThe Repatriation Process
Because repatriation is a multi-step process, Native communities will find it helpful to learn about the different components involved. This section includes information about initiating a request, consultation, collections documentation, and report preparation.

bulletGuidelines and Procedures
The National Museum of Natural History Repatriation Office has developed detailed policy and procedures for the implementation of the National Museum of the American Indian Act.

 

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