Steps We've Achieved

Michigan State University, along with significant help from many tribal representatives, has been making considerable progress towards the repatriation of the ancestors housed here. Check below to see some of the latest news on our progress!



Transfer of Control Completed for Sacramento County, CA

March 23, 2023

Transfer of legal control has been completed for the Ancestor from Sacramento County, California.

Recent Article Published on State of Repatriation in U.S.

February 13, 2023

Suite of articles on repatriation and state of NAGPRA published

Transfer of Legal Control for Cass & Oakland Counties

December 19, 2022

Transfer of legal control was completed for Ancestors from Cass & Oakland Counties, Michigan

Notice Published; Transfer of Legal Control Completed

November 10, 2022

A Notice of Inventory Completion was published for Cass and Oakland Counties, Michigan. Transfer of legal control was completed for ancestors from Colorado and New Mexico.

University-wide NAGPRA Policy Adopted

October 1, 2022

In August of 2022, the University officially adopted a formal, university-wide NAGPRA Policy.

Kodiak Ancestor returned

May 20, 2022

An ancestor from Kodiak, Alaska was successfully returned.

Repatriation Completed

March 18, 2022

In collaboration with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, MSU completed a repatriation and reburial of two ancestors.

New Notice Published

November 8, 2021

A new Notice of Inventory Completion was published November 8, 2021

New Federal Register notice published

October 28, 2021

The Federal Register notice for the Marquette Viaduct (20BY387) site was published on October 28, 2021.

MSU Awarded National Repatriation Grant

August 6, 2021 - Jessica Yann

Michigan State University awarded a National NAGPRA grant for repatriation

Notice for Gros Cap Archaeological District Published

July 19, 2021

The Notice of Inventory Completion for the Gros Cap Archaeological District was published July 19, 2021.

Inventory Published in Federal Register

July 6, 2021

Notice of Inventory Completion published for ancestor from La Porte County, Indiana

Repatriation update

February 19, 2021 - Jessica Yann

MSU has facilitated the physical return of 39 ancestors and 3 associated funerary objects since November.

New Federal Register Notice Published - Alaska

November 6, 2020

Ancestor from Kodiak, Alaska published in a notice in the Federal Register

Florida notice published

September 24, 2020

Federal Register notice for ancestors from Florida published

Six more notices published

September 15, 2020

Six more Federal notices have been published

New Federal Register Notices Published

September 11, 2020

The National Park Service has published three Federal Register notices

Federal Register Notice Published

July 31, 2020

Federal Register notice for Navajo ancestor published.

Bundling of Ancestors Completed

March 3, 2020 - Jessica Yann, with contribution from William Johnson

Tribal representatives from throughout the state, along with MSU faculty, have completed the bundling of the ancestors housed at MSU.