By:Rhondaa & Melissa
The Indian Artifacts are being used for money and entertainment but the people who use it don't know the history behind it and make Native Americans upset because they let them use their artifacts that cherish very much because it is the only thing they have from their ancestors. India Artifacts are valued treasures that are under appreciated by many.
What legal protections exist for cultural resources?
There is a division of legal authority and responsibility between federal and state governments relating to this issue. Issues involving the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act are part of a unitary scheme for federally-owned and controlled lands, including tribal lands.
Protection of Indian Artifacts
Protection of Native cultural resources is disapproving to the life of traditional Native religions, customs, languages, and status as sovereign nations. "Although not all archaeology involves Native American remains or cultural items, such items are certainly the subject of a large number of the violations of cultural resource protection laws. Preserving and protecting these cultural resources is both a legal and moral obligation."
Where are they stored?
Indian artifacts are stored in museums or a collectors house but it can be a source of frustration to Native Americans. When archaeologist dig up their burial grounds they send their finding to museums and the Native Americans can't claim because they have no ownership right to their artifacts that were taken from their land.
Why are they being stolen?
"Vandalism and theft are crimes that are use to steal things from restricted Native American Archaeological remains." When they are stolen they usually sell them to collectors. Some collectors do not understand the moral and historical implications of separating an item from where it was found. There really isn't an answer on how many artifacts have been stolen because they are returned back to their countries.
"Native American cultural heritage is a precious, non-renewable resource for historical, spiritual, and creative experiences and knowledge."It is important that we protect the past and provide the proper respect to those whose creations and remains are seen by some.
Plant poison oak plants to protect sacred Indian burial sites.
- Find some Poison Oak plants
- Meet with local Indians to address what we are going to do
- They are sensitive about how we approach their burial site so we have to be cooperative.
- After they agree we will bring the poison plants and plant them.