It is the policy of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky to ensure that all Native American and Native Hawaiian ancestral remains and Cultural Items curated in its collections are appropriately identified and treated with respect during the repatriation process. The Webb Museum is committed to collaborating with lineal descendants or appropriate tribal officials of Native American and Native Hawaiian Organizations. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires that the museum follow specific processes for reporting information relating to Native American and Native Hawaiian ancestral remains and Cultural Items, including notifications and consultations with lineal descendants and official tribal representatives.
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has designated the NAGPRA Coordinator of the Webb Museum to administer the museum’s compliance obligations under NAGPRA, as well as ensure the appropriate curation of Native ancestral remains and Cultural Items held at the museum under custodial agreements after the transfer of control (repatriation/disposition) has taken place. For further information about NAGPRA at the Webb Museum, please see the links below or contact the NAGPRA Coordinator: Dr. Celise Fricker