KIPI News March 9, 2023 – Part 1

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Environmentalists say that a Maine dam operator is not protecting salmon.

Environmental groups and a Native American tribe accused the operator of a Maine dam on Monday of not fulfilling its obligation to protect the country’s last remaining Atlantic salmon river run. The last wild Atlantic salmon live in a group of rivers in Maine and have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 2000. The Penobscot River, a 109-mile river in the eastern part of the state is one of the most important habitats for the fish.

A Connecticut museum is holding onto Native American objects despite a federal ban.

Museums throughout Connecticut are still holding Native American remains and burial objects in their possession, despite a federal law that bans the practice. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which was passed in 1990, requires that institutions such as museums and universities return items belonging to Native American tribes to their respective places of origin. More than 30 years later, many of the items remain where they were at the time of the law’s passage. This includes the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, which still possesses almost 90% of the unreturned remains from Connecticut tribes. Some of the lengthy delay in return can be owed to logistics; Jason Mancini of Connecticut Humanities said that the physical repatriation process itself presents difficulty because of a lack of knowledge of some items’ origin.

Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.

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