Native Americans protest, derail sale of human skull at North Carolina auction house

March 31, 2023

But Native American human remains are excepted from that policy.”Carrie Wilson, NAGPRA director for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, agreed. If they’re Native American remains “and they’re being sold today, the law applies to them today,” she said in a phone interview with the N&O Saturday. And with potential law enforcement avenues to remove it exhausted, he and a colleague reached out to several Native American tribal contacts in the state. As the sales resumed, the chant of the auctioneer clashed with the trill of one Native American woman’s “lele” cry. He and his wife consigned it for sale through the Mebane auction house while in the process of downsizing their home.