Government Accountability Office releases report on government efforts to recover tribal items

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WASHINGTON—The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on government efforts to recover tribal items from overseas auctions. The GAO report was requested by the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and Congressman Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) in order to examine agency actions in assisting tribes in recovering cultural items and examining the laws surrounding the export, theft, and trafficking of cultural items. Ultimately, GAO recommended that the government agencies could do more in assisting Indian tribes to repatriate items from overseas auctions, including amending existing laws. Follow this link to read the report.