“Although we have repatriated a number of ancestors and sacred objects to tribal nations, we are committed to improving the process to make it more cohesive,” Moddelmog said. “COVID has slowed down the current repatriation process, but we are now resuming that process. “
Last week’s meeting was the most recent action taken by UNR regarding human remains. A member of the Nevada tribe first raised the issue before the Nevada Indian Commission in December 2020 at a meeting, asking the commission to intervene so that the human remains are returned to their tribes and countries of ‘origin.
On April 5, Sandoval, who became UNR president last year, told the Nevada Independent that the university was working closely with native professors on the issue, had hired a national expert to investigate the campus. for inventory purposes and said it was “a really sensitive issue. . “
“I want to make sure that this campus is absolutely and fully compliant with all federal laws, and that we are very sensitive to the concerns of the native chiefs of the tribes in the state of Nevada,” said Sandoval.
Nevada Indian Commission Executive Director Stacey Montooth first met Sandoval on April 6, also joined by Indigenous professors from UNR to start conversations about how to achieve their goal.
On May 14, Moddelmog confirmed that the university was working with the Nevada Indian Commission to repatriate human remains within the Department of Anthropology in an email to The Nevada Independent.