Florida institutions among the worst in nation at returning stolen Indigenous remains, report shows | Tampa Bay News | Tampa
, 2023-01-12 14:30:15,
Universities, museums and government organizations in Florida are really bad at returning Native American gravesite remains to the tribes that they rightfully belong to, a new report shows.
Yesterday, ProPublica published an interactive report highlighting universities and government institutions across the country that are hoarding the remains of Native people, along with other sacred items from grave sites.
According to data from the report, of all 50 states, Florida comes in as one of the worst.
Florida institutions have only returned 20% of an estimated 7,500 stolen remains. In total, just 736 Native remains have been returned to tribes. Only 12 other states have returned a lesser percentage than the Sunshine State. However, Florida has far more Indigenous remains stockpiled than several of the other states mentioned in the report.
For example, Delaware has returned none of its remains, but the state only has an estimated seven in total, in contrast to the thousands sitting in Florida institutions.
A majority of Florida’s robbed Native remains reside in Gainesville’s Museum of Natural History, which is operated by the University of Florida (UF). There, 2,589 remains are held, while just 372 have been returned. The Florida Department of State comes in second, holding 1,426 remains and only…
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