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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Crime and Delinquency Studies



Independence Historical Museum


Art Center

Presentation Explores American Indian Civil Rights Law


Independence, Kansas – The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center will host “Legacy of an American Indian Civil Rights Law,” a presentation and discussion by Brice Obermeyer on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, 123 N. 8th St., Independence, KS.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the the museum at 620-331-3515 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.


Dr. Obermeyer's presentation is a part to the “Independence Cultures, Part IV:  American Indian” Exhibit which opened Tuesday, November 4th at the museum.  The exhibit features artifacts, stories and information about American Indians that inhabited the Montgomery County and parts of Southeast Kansas from around 500 B.C. to 1870.  The exhibit is sponsored by Dr. Phillip and Sue Eastep.


Many museums across the United States have human remains, funeral objects, and the sacred items of American Indians in their collections. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 legally guaranteed American Indian tribes the right to reclaim these items in an effort to restore the humanity of these individuals. The presentation explores the effects of the law, which includes increased collaboration between museums and Indian tribes.


Brice Obermeyer is an anthropologist that specializes in American Indian ethnography and historic preservation. He also serves as the director of Delaware Tribe's Historic Preservation Office.


“Repatriation does more than return and rebury human remains,” said Obermeyer. “It builds strong and collaborative relationships between tribes and museums while restoring the humanity to those individuals in the museum collections who have long been viewed as artifacts of the past.”


“Legacy of an American Indian Civil Rights Law” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Humanities Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.