Cultural Affiliation: Sitka Tribe of Alaska
This report summarizes the documentation pertaining to the human remains of a Tlingit individual, in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution. Lineal descendants have priority over tribes for repatriation purposes under the NMNH Guidelines and Procedures for Repatriation (2006). Close relatives who are not lineal descendants may rely on the tribe to make repatriation requests. In 1999, collateral relatives of this individual supported the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to make a repatriation request for these remains. The remains were requested for repatriation by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska on behalf of the Sitka Kaagwaantaan clan in 2006.
NMNH archival records and vital records submitted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska have confirmed that this individual was a member of the Kaagwaantaan clan and a tribal citizen of the Sitka Tribe. The Repatriation Office recommended that these remains be offered for repatriation to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
These remains were repatriated to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska on September 19, 2007.
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