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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), which recognized that all human remains “must at all times be treated with dignity and respect.” Thirty years later, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has approved a policy restricting the creation, reproduction, and publication of images of Native American cultural items and human remains.

UT’s policy is a result of discussions during consultation with tribal nations. In order to use, publish, or create images of such ancestral remains or items housed at UT, researchers must go through the appropriate tribal approval process in coordination with the UT Knoxville NAGPRA committee.

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