Arizona State Museum Burial Agreement

The museum`s scientists, revered for their integrity and know-how, are regularly asked to evaluate objects recovered from legitimate archaeological sites, as well as those that have been seized by looters who have become a scourge in the southwest. Museum employees are also known for their commitment to returning artifacts to Indian tribes as well as human remains previously collected by archaeologists in ancient tombs. This repatriation process became mandatory in 1990, when Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Significant looting in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to similar status in Arizona. Non-urgent questions or other information regarding state repatriation should be directed to Cristin Lucas ( or 520-626-2950. Reports of accidental disturbance of human remains can be delivered to the return office at or 520-626-0320. “We did start repatriation before it was prescribed by federal law,” says Patrick Lyons, the museum`s collection director and deputy director. Raymond Thompson, a longtime former museum director, had defended the policy, supported by Arizona`s burial protection provisions. The Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (ASM), in agreement with the affected Indian tribes or Hawaii Indian organizations, has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects and has found that there is a cultural link between human remains and associated funerary objects and today`s Indian strains or Indian organizations today. Descendants of the rule or representatives of an Indian tribe or native Hawaiian organization who are not identified in this press release and wish to request the transfer of control of these human remains and associated burial objects, must submit a written request to the ASM.

In the absence of an additional applicant, the transmission of control of human remains and burial objects associated with descendants, Indian tribes or HawaiiAn Island Indian organizations mentioned in this notice may be continued. Here is a list of private consultants who can help comply with state laws. Compliance with these laws is complicated, as museum scientists must determine which strain can claim legitimate ownership of the remains. This requires a lot of archaeological detective work. Information about federal consultations can be found in the Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit.