The Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 requires federal agencies (and agencies that receive federal funding) to return Native American cultural items to descendants or affiliated tribes. One example of that Act is playing out here, where the Minnesota Historical Society is returning sacred items found a century ago near Crane Lake in northern Minnesota. Those items have been in MHS storage since being found in a cave by a canoeist seeking shelter from a storm; now they are being returned to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, according an April 13 report in the Star Tribune. The article noted:
The spiritual dimension of the Crane Lake Cache is so great that the Bois Forte Band until recently wasn’t prepared to take them back because they didn’t have an appropriate place to keep them, said Bill Latady, curator at the Bois Forte Heritage Museum.
For the full story, see: Sacred items prepared for return to Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.