Foreign holdings and sales of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultural heritage are a source of great concern for many Native American communities, including federally recognized Tribes. Cultural heritage is significant to Native American communities and their identity, health, and well-being. Upon request by a federally-recognized Indian Tribe, Alaska Native community, or Native Hawaiian organization, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) works to support efforts to repatriate items of cultural heritage offered in foreign auctions or held in foreign museums.
Items of concern may include:
Tribes/Native Hawaiian organizations requesting assistance are encouraged to reach out as early as possible to relevant contacts at the Department of the Interior.
Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
Last Updated March 2021