We acknowledge that the land currently known as Colorado has been the traditional homelands of Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. We are grateful to work in partnership with the 48 sovereign nations who continue to call this land home. Together, we plan exhibits; collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts; do archaeological work; tell the stories of Colorado's original peoples in our publications; and create educational programs to share the history of Colorado.
NAGPRA is the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a federal law that was enacted in 1990. History Colorado operates in full compliance with this act to return sacred objects, funerary items, objects of cultural patrimony, and other cultural items to the Indigenous peoples from which they were taken, as well as to work with tribal consultants to protect indigenous sacred sites and graves.
The guiding philosophy of History Colorado's NAGPRA program is to establish a relationship of cooperation and partnership with Native American communities and lineal descendants. To learn more about NAGPRA and how History Colorado is working to meet these standards, please visit the following pages: