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U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold NAGPRA oversight hearing February 2

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April Laktonen Counceller
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Alutiiq Museum
In 2017, Father Innocent Dresdow performs service on remains in the room where they’re being kept, in a lower level of the Alutiiq Museum.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing 10:30 a.m. Alaska time, Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

The meeting is scheduled to examine and advance the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and its 30 years.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, was meant to give Tribes a legal avenue to pursue the return of remains and some funerary objects.

Many cultural experts say the law fails to live up to the expectations of Indigenous communities.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is vice-chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.