No More Stolen Ancestors
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History holds 1,496 Seminole ancestors in their collection. All 1,496 individuals are the men, women, children, and warriors of the Seminole people. To date, the museum will not assist with their repatriation as they are considered valuable research assets. Our ancestors are not your research subjects.
Seminole Tribe Fighting to Reclaim Ancestors:
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‘No More Stolen Ancestors’ Campaign Urges Return of Seminole Ancestral Remains
‘Skeletons in the Closet’
Smithsonian updates collection policy to promote ethical returns
Tina Osceola and Domonique deBeaubien in halls of Congress after meeting Senator Marco Rubio.
Tina Osceola speaks Feb. 21, 2020 about THPO’s effort to get remains returned from NMNH.
Samantha’s poster on No More Stolen Ancestors entitled, “#NoMoreStolenAncestors: What is means to be an advocate for Tribal Repatriation” presented at the American Association of Museums in Boston in 2022