Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990
With work beginning in anticipation of the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures has remained active in, and committed to, pursuit of its responsibilities--legal, but also social, cultural, and ethical--relating to the Act and to the concerns of federally-recognized Native American nations. The museum aims to work cooperatively within the legal frameworks established under the Act, the best practices guidelines of the museum field, the changing norms of its disciplines, and in a spirit of partnership with source communities.
With the establishment of a campus NAGPRA office, the museum presently works in closer coordination with other campus collections.
Beyond NAGPRA, the museum is serious in pursuit of its broader strategic goals concerned with supporting the cultural interests of source communities around the world.