The Alabama Department of Archives and History is beginning the process of returning the remains of Native Americans and funerary objects to tribes. The department also announced it had removed the funerary objects from the public displays where the artifacts had sat for years to be viewed by school groups and other visitors. The 1990 federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act requires federally funded institutions, such as universities, to return Native American remains and cultural items to lineal descendants, Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.
English rugby club Exeter will stop playing its “Tomahawk Chop” chant during games as part of a rebrand move away from a Native American theme that had come under increasing criticism. The chant has traditionally played over the speakers on matchdays at the club’s Sandy Park stadium but had been labeled as “degrading” by a major Native American organization and is now being dropped in the club’s latest step to change its identity.
The Oglala Lakota Nation said masks are now required due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19. As of last Thursday, Oglala Lakota County has gone into the High COVID-19 Community Level. Per Oglala Sioux Tribe Ordinance 22-53, Masks are now Mandatory in Oglala Lakota County.