Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The 1990 Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)1
provides for the inventory and return of human remains, funerary objects,
sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to Native Americans, Alaskan
Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Many objects, such as full head masks, have
already been returned. However, concerns have arisen about risk of exposure
to museum-applied pesticides (eg, arsenic, mercury, organophosphates, carbamates,
organochlorines, and volatiles).
Seifert SA, Boyer LV, Odegaard N, Smith DR, Dongoske KE. Arsenic Contamination of Museum Artifacts Repatriated to a Native American Tribe. JAMA. 2000;283(20):2658–2659. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2653
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