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New rule may help Native American tribes reclaim artifacts

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For the first time in a dozen years, federally funded museums like this one will be required to furnish Native American tribes with lists of tribal artifacts in their collections within the next six months. This may make it easier for tribes to reclaim lost or stolen items and sacred objects. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


The new regulation is especially important for those Native American tribes that have been recognized by the federal government in the last 12 years or so, since they can now use the law to help repatriate their sacred objects. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)

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It's been nearly a dozen years since museums and federal agencies had to notify American Indian tribes about artifacts in their collections that might have been stolen from or lost by the tribes. But a new federal regulation may make it easier for the tribes to identify such objects.