OMAHA, Neb. -- American Indian representatives from across the country will meet here this week with museum curators and funding institutions to learn how to preserve their tribal artifacts.
More historical items are being returned to the care of the tribes, and tribal officials want to learn how to properly preserve the artifacts. The challenge is many tribes lack the resources or expertise.
Museums and universities are returning American Indian remains and artifacts to tribes as mandated by Congress under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.
Tribal leaders will learn Wednesday and Thursday what steps they will need to take to house and care for the artifacts in what may be the first meeting of its kind.
Meeting organizers hope to identify the problems tribes face and develop a plan of action to address them, said John Carter, special projects coordinator for the Nebraska State Historical Society.
In addition to the tribes' interest in their own histories, Carter said the artifacts are important to American history.
"There is a need to educate people about our indigenous peoples and not just the ones that show up in Hollywood," Carter said.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is underwriting the meeting.
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