Tohono O’odham, ceramic friendship bowl, signed Angea. Gift of Sandra S. Banstorp and Rachel E. Holland in memory of Betty J. Stewart. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry Museum; 2011.4.87

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act directs how federally funded institutions transfer possession and control of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian human remains, funerary objects, objects of cultural patrimony and sacred objects to the tribes of origin.  The Autry encourages engagement between the museum and Native communities to address repatriation or other issues regarding the collections and aims to cultivate meaningful relationships with Native communities through this process.