The next time you visit a natural history museum, you are much less likely to see Indian artifacts there because of, as usual, the Left. Biden’s Interior Department announced rules in December that effectively sunset Indian exhibits in museums. And it did that in part due to pressure from five Senate members, including famous fake Indian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Now the consequences of that are here.
If you stop by Chicago’s Field Museum right now and find yourself in the Alsdorf Hall of Northwest Coast and Arctic Peoples, or the Robert R. McCormick Halls of the Ancient Americas, you will notice something about the display cases: Several are covered up.
That in itself is not unusual — who hasn’t been to a museum and seen a display case displaying nothing? What’s unusual is the reason: On Jan. 12, federal regulations concerning the exhibition and study of Native American remains and sacred artifacts were tightened…
Moreover, institutions must get “free, prior and informed consent” from Native tribes before the exhibition or research of sacred artifacts.
Last year at the Chicago History Museum, for instance, curators removed sacred Native American objects from the permanent exhibit “Chicago, Crossroads of America,” items that they expected would become subject to the anticipated changes in the regulations…
Two major exhibition halls and several other display cabinets at the American Museum of Natural History were empty and covered up on Friday morning as the museum shuttered all Native American-related displays to comply with new federal regulations…
The closures will result in almost 10,000 square feet of exhibition spaces being off-limits to visitors, the New York Times noted.
The museum could not provide a timeline for when the reviewed exhibits will reopen, the outlet said.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University said it would remove all funerary belongings from exhibition and the Cleveland Museum of Art has covered up some cases.
At the American Museum of Natural History, segments of the collection once used to teach students about the Iroquois, Mohegans, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other groups will be temporarily inaccessible. That includes large objects, like the birchbark canoe of Menominee origin in the Hall of Eastern Woodlands, and smaller ones, including darts that date as far back as 10,000 B.C. and a Hopi Katsina doll from what is now Arizona. Field trips for students to the Hall of Eastern Woodlands are being rethought now that they will not have access to those galleries.
So students won’t be learning about American Indian culture thanks to Sen. Warren. Mission accomplished, I guess.