1997 and 1998, the National Museum of Natural History
distributed two separate reports to federally recognized
Native American communities. The first report, distributed
in 1997, was a summary of all Native American ethnological
objects in the collections at the Smithsonian Institution.
The second report, distributed in 1998, was an inventory
of all Native American human remains and archaeological
objects held by the National Museum of Natural History.
Both reports were sent to all federally recognized
Native American tribes, Alaskan Native Corporations
and Native Hawaiian organizations. The Repatriation
Office at the National Museum of Natural History
is producing a series of reports, or cultural affiliation
studies, responding to repatriation claims for the
material listed in the inventories and summaries
sent to them. Abstracts of the cultural affiliation
studies completed since 1991 are available online.
The information in the inventories and summaries
should be considered preliminary until verified in
a cultural affiliation study. Tribes may request
additional copies of any of these three categories
of reports by contacting the Repatriation Office.
Annual Report to Congress
Annual Report to Congress on the Repatriation Activities of the Smithsonian Institution.
Summaries of Cultural Affiliation Reports
Find report summaries by cultural affiliation or geographic
Cultural Affiliation Studies: Responses to Requests
The Repatriation Office of the National Museum of Natural History produces detailed reports in response to tribal repatriation requests that summarize all the available information on the origins of the collections in question.
Physical Anthropology and Archaeological Inventory Reports
The human remains of approximately 19,250 Native American individuals from the United States have been reported in inventories, as well as the entire collection of over 225,000 archaeological catalog records from the United States.
Ethnographic summaries enable Native tribes and organizations to begin their review of the National Museum of Natural History’s collections and identify those objects that may be of concern to them.