Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Hearst Museum in the news

The 108-year-old museum,
with its 3.8 million-piece collection, is like a candy store for
Salvador, a UC Berkeley graduate who took over the long-vacant
directorship last month. But if Salvador is ready to indulge her sweet
tooth, she may need to take a dose of castor oil as well.

and museum leaders continue to debate with Native American groups over
thousands of human remains held by the Hearst. Advocacy groups say the
university has not yet returned remains to the tribes.

The museum
also is testing other remains to determine whether they are those of
Japanese citizens killed during World War II. If so, critics assert, it
is likely the remains are being held illegally.

In New Mexico,
where Salvador worked for 26 years, nearly every Native American tribe
was federally recognized, so federal laws dealing with the repatriation
of human remains were more clear-cut, she said. In California, most
tribes are not federally recognized, so the laws do not guarantee the
return of their remains.

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