News Release: Eiteljorg Museum’s statement about new NAGPRA rule
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
INDIANAPOLIS – The Eiteljorg Museum issued the following statement regarding a new 2024 federal regulation involving the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990:
“As a relatively young museum that opened in 1989, the Eiteljorg is and has been in compliance with the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and proactively works with Native tribes, nations, or villages when a repatriation claim is filed,” Eiteljorg Museum President and CEO Kathryn Haigh said. “The Eiteljorg Museum’s longstanding collections management policy adheres to NAGPRA and all its associated regulations. As a museum of art, the Eiteljorg exhibits art, not artifacts. It is not an archaeology museum, and does not collect ancestral remains or funerary objects. A sizeable percentage of the artworks that the Eiteljorg Museum cares for has been created by living artists, acquired from the artists directly. Museum staff is carefully reviewing the new regulations, but since NAGPRA compliance was built into the Eiteljorg’s policy from the start, we do not anticipate major changes to our overall gallery presentation that would impact visitors. The museum and galleries remain open as usual.”
About the Eiteljorg
A cultural pillar for nearly 35 years in downtown Indianapolis’ scenic White River State Park, the Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the arts, histories and cultures of the Native peoples of North America and the diverse peoples of the American West by telling amazing stories. Located on the Central Canal at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Image Caption: Eiteljorg Museum, front exterior, image courtesy of Jessica Strickland Photography, 2013.
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