Decision details

Repatriation of human remains

Decision Maker: Director: Economy of Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This decision has a very significant impact the Native North American communities and is potentially of high interest to the public and councillors.


It was agreed to repatriate two human skulls and associated grave goods, donated to Bristol Museum in the 1920s by Alfred Hutchins, to the Ti’at Society and Fowler Museum of UCLA, California USA.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - The Ti’at Society approached Bristol Museum in 2016, negotiation and correspondence has confirmed that the Society, linked through the Fowler Museum are the appropriate body to return these remains to so they will be treated and respected in accordance with the wishes of the Native North American peoples.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 11/03/2019

Date of decision: 26/02/2019