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Notice of Intent to Repatriate: The National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution plans to repatriate...

Notice of Intent to Repatriate:  The National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution plans to repatriate the human remains of a minimum of 18 individuals cataloged in six numbers, and 2,263 funerary objects cataloged in 163 numbers to the culturally affiliated Catawba Indian Nation

The National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution plans to repatriate the human remains of a minimum of 18 individuals cataloged in six numbers, and 2,263 funerary objects cataloged in 163 numbers to the culturally affiliated Catawba Indian Nation. The Catawba Indian Nation is in agreement that, based on the belief of representatives from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, they are also affiliated.

The human remains of a minimum of 18 individuals cataloged in six numbers, were collected from the Davenport Jones Mound and the Lenoir Burial Pit in Caldwell County, North Carolina in April of 1883 as part of the Bureau of American Ethnology’s (BAE) Mound Survey. Also collected were 1,122 funerary objects cataloged in 60 numbers from the Davenport Jones mound and 1,141 funerary objects cataloged in 103 numbers from the Lenoir Burial pit.

The repatriation will be carried out by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in coordination with the Catawba Indian Nation.

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For more information, please contact Dorothy Lippert before August 6, 2022, at (202) 633-0874, or Repatriation Office, Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, NMNH, MRC 138, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012.