Harvard museum will return Native American hair samples, apologizes for ‘complicity’ in objectification of Native peoples

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A Harvard University museum apologized Thursday for its “complicity” in the objectification of Native peoples

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and will return hair clippings of about 700 Native American children -

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who were forced to attend United States boarding schools in the 1930’s.

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“The Peabody Museum apologizes to Indigenous families and tribal nations for our complicity in the objectification of Native peoples

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and for our more than 80-year possession of hair taken from their relatives,” the museum said in a statement.

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Native American children were renamed, told not to use indigenous languages and had their hair cut -

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- at more than 400 boarding schools in the United States that forced assimilation in the 19th and 20th centuries,

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according to the Department of Interior.

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