October 8th, 2004

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Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum was created by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's husband, Charles Reed Bishop. He dedicated it to her... and to her people, the Hawaiian people. Lately the director of the museum has been trying to obtain status as a native Hawaiian organization and of course... it is not one. Fortunately recently the museum's board of directors voted unanimously against a proposal to be designated as a native Hawaiian organization under federal laws governing the repatriation of artifacts from museums. This, of course, is good news:

Museum votes against ‘native’ status:

The Bishop board bows to concerns over potential conflicts


By Sally Apgar


Bishop Museum's board of directors bowed to political pressure yesterday and voted unanimously against a proposal to be designated as a native Hawaiian organization under federal laws governing the repatriation of artifacts from museums.

Museum Director Bill Brown said after the vote, "The museum acknowledges concerns over potential conflict in (being a claimant and) judging claims on objects in its collection, and has determined not to recognize itself" as a native Hawaiian organization.

Although the board relented on the designation, it stood firm on other provisions included in its "guidance policy" that would allow the museum to fight to retain items in its collection that might be claimed by other native Hawaiian organizations. The board has never sought to retain human remains.

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Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2004/10/08/news/story4.html

Cross-posted to abouthawaii and to nativeamerican