Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Talk of Iowa
2:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Maria Pearson and Native American Repatriation

Iowa Governor Robert Ray is pictured with Maria Pearson and her husband John.
Ames Historical Society website

In this archive edition of Talk of Iowa, hear about the legacy of Maria Pearson and her contributions to the Native American repatriation movement. While Pearson was not directly involved with the writing of ​the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act  (NAGPRA), her work in Iowa and around the country was a catalyst for the passage of the law. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:07 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Native American Activist Maria Pearson

Iowa Governor Robert Ray is pictured with Maria Pearson and her husband, John.
Ames Historical Society website

In 1971, a highway crew uncovered the bones of 28 people: Twenty-six were Caucasian. These remains were moved and reburied. Two were Native American. Their bones were sent to the Office of the State Archeologist.

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