Articles and news reports on issues related to race, colonialism, anthropology, repatriation, museums, history, racism
and the evolution and convergence of these issues more recently in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement

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Files are in chronological order.
The most recent are at the bottom of the page
Angel of Black Death - by David Monaghan - the Bulletin 12th November 1991
The Last Man: The mutilation of William Lanne in 1869 and its aftermath - ABORIGINAL HISTORY 1997 VOL 21
Indigenous Heritage and Public Museums - PhD by Sarah Carr-Locke 1998
Repatriation: The search for Yagan - by Cressida Forde - National Museum of Australia
The Last Man: The mutilation ofWilliam Lanne in 1869 and its aftermath - pdf file - by Stefan Petrow - Aboriginal History 1997 VOl 21
British Museum Sold Benin Bronzes - Forbes Magazine 4th March 2002
The skeletons of colonialism may get a decent burial at last - the Independent x10th November 2002
British Museum Considers Elgin Swap - the Independent 20th November 2002
Top museums unite to fight Aboriginal claims - Sydney Morning Herald - 11th December 2002
Is it altruism or the fear of losing their marbles? - The Sydney Morning Herald 28th December 2002
Egypt demands return of the Rosetta Stone - The Telegraph - 20th July 2003
Bones of contention - Globe Mail Canada 16th August 2003.
Ancestral bone bank at center of rights fight - Taipei Times 12th October 2003.
Artefacts Siezed in Australia - the National Museum Directors Council of Britain 13th June 2003
Culture wars and the national museum - the Age 15th December 2003
Museums ans Source Communities - Routledge London 2003
Aborigines clash with scientists over bones - the Observer 20th June 2004
Minister weighs in to artefacts stoush - ABC - 20th July 2004.
Row erupts over Aboriginal artefacts - London Guardian 22nd July 2004
British museums up in arms after Aborigines grab loaned art - Classic FM Washington 26th July 2004.
Aborigines grab art on loan from Britain - London Times26th July 2004.
British museums spar with Aborigines over loaned art - Lifestyle 26th July 2004
British museums spar with Aborigines over loaned art - the Qatar Peninsula 27th July 2004
British Museum up in arms after Aborigines grab loaned art - the SMH 27th July 2004
Countries battle over artefacts - the BBC 27th Jul 2004
Aboriginal group ups ante on artefacts - AAP 29th July 2004.
Taking Aim at HunterGatherer Engalnd - Age 31st July 2004.
The British Museum Dispute - A Predictable Response from Andrew ("Just an Excitable Boy") Bolt - Herald Sun 4th August 2004.
Entr-Acte: For Olympics, Greeks already lose one contest - International Herald Tribune 5th August 2004.
Australian Tribes Seek Return of Native Artefacts - the Scotsman 1st September 2004
Trial set in Aboriginal etchings dispute - AAP 10th November 2004
Greek and Aboriginal communities unite against British Museum - Neos Kosmos:English Edition - 13th December 2004
A bone to pick with museums - London Times - 16th January 2005
Antiquities wish list - Al Ahram - 20th July 2005
Zahi Hawass: A hat is a hat - Al Ahram - 25th August 2005
New British Laws Allow Aboriginal Remains to Return - Age - 6th October 2005
Aboriginal remains will be returned - Sydney Morning Herald - 7th October 2005
Guidance for the Care of Human Remains in Museums - the DCMS - October 2005
Aboriginal Skeletons Head Home - the Australian 28th March 2006
Into Africa: British Museum's reply to ownership debate - The Guardian - 14th April 2006
British Museum Payout for Nazi art theft family - BBC - 28th April 2006
Museum lawyers claim bias - Sunday Age - 29th April 2007
'Nigger' stand to go but name persists - the Australian 22may 2007
Australia Says 'Sorry' to Aborigines for Mistreatment - the New York Times 13th February 2008
Hidden Queensland: Theft In The Name Of Science - the Griffith Review Edition 21 august 2008
Aborigines demand that British Museum returns Truganini bust - The Guardian - 16th September 2009
Embedded Anthropology and the Intervention - pdf file - essay by Barry Morris and Andrew Lattas - Arena: September 2010
Inside the killing fields of Queensland - the Australian 6th October 2010
Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums - the American Ass. of Museums 2010
The British Museum:An Imperial Museum in a Post-Imperial World by Emily Duthie in - the Public History Rview Vol 18 (2011): 12-25
Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes - the Guardian 18th April 2012
Looted treasures returned to Afghanistan by British Museum - The Independent - 19th July 2012
Turkey turns to human rights law to reclaim British Museum sculptures - The Guardian - 9th December 2012
British Museum Faces Call for Repatriation of Artefacts - The Museum Journal - 2nd January 2013
The Killing Times - the Stringer 20th April 2013
Ill-gotten gains: how many museums have stolen objects in their collections? - The Verge - 13th May 2013
The bone collectors: a brutal chapter in Australia's past - the Guardian 14t June 2014
British Museum's Greek sculpture show expected to restart marbles row - The Guardian - 3rd July 2014
Repatriation for beginners - The Private Art Investor - 28th November 2014
Loan of Elgin Marble to Russia 'provocative and insensitive' - The Telegraph - 5th December 2014
The Never Ending Story: The Repatriation of An­cestral Remains from Museums by Lindy Allen - the Mebourne Historical Journal issue no. 42.2, 2014
Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts - Foreign Affairs Magazine December 2014
Greeks in Melbourne Impressed by Aboriginal Academic's Lecture - Greek Reporter 9th march 2015
Barks and Marbles: One Cause: Greeks and First Australians unite over stolen sacred treasures - Neos Kosmos 16th March 2015
Reclaiming our cultural heritage: The burning cultural issue of the 21st century - Neos Kosmos 24th March 2015
Preservation or plunder? The battle over the British Museum's Indigenous Australian show - Guardian 9th April 2015
British Museum Exhibition Reignites Barks Debate - Museums Journal15th April 2015
Indigenous Australia at the British Museum: It's time to give the Aboriginal art back - The Independent 21st April 2015
Indigenous Australia, British Museum, review: 'all too familiar' - The Telegraph 21st April 2015
Aboriginal protests over plundered artefacts in British Museum - the Guardian 20th April 2015
Protesters gatecrash exhibition launch over 'stolen culture' and BP sponsorship - BP or not BP 27th April 2015
Indigenous Australia exhibition at British Museum raises questions and criticism - Australian Times UK 27th April 2015
British Museum exhibition Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation reignites repatriation debate - Sydney Morning Herald 1st May 2015
British Museum's Indigenous Australia exhibition draws crowds - the Australian 23rd May 2015
Enduring controversy: BP sponsorship ignites new row over British Museum's Indigenous exhibition - 21st July 2015
Boort's significant Indigenous history on a global scale - the ABC 12th February 2016
Harvard Law to Abandon Crest Linked to Slavery - the New York Times 4th March 2016
It's time Melbourne Uni stopped honouring eugenicist Richard Berry - the Sydney Morning Herald 6th March 2016
UNSW defends Indigenous guidelines amidst claims of 'whitewashing' and 'rewriting' history - the ABC 30th March 2016
Electorate ofMcMillan to be renamed due to associations with Indigenous slaughter - by - the ABC Radio 31st March 2016
Remembering the Appin Massacre - the ABC 15th April 2016
Rock solid case to climb - the NT News 23rd April 2016
Hunt won't stop rail project for artefacts - the SMH 26th April 2016
World's oldest known ground-edge stone axe fragments found inWestern Australia - the abc 11th May 2016
Copyright row over Honey Ant Readers divides community at Yipirinya school - the Age 14th may 2016
Marngrook, Tom Wills and the Continuing Denial of Indigenous History - Meanjin Winter 2016
Four big tests for Indigenous art appeal; Aboriginal works - the Australian Financial Review 19th May 2016
'My relative was a mass murderer of Australia's Gunai people. Can I make amends?' - the Guardian 22 May 2016
The British Museum: losing its marbles? - the Bubble 18th June 2016
Art sale devastates Wurundjeri people - the Age 20thJune 2016
The history wars rage on - the Canberra Times 25th June 2016
Captain Cook statues defaced in NZ amid calls for Maori chiefs to take his place - the Guardian 31st July 2016
Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire - the Guardian 18th August 2016
Bones tell of past steeped in horror - the NT News 19th August 2016
Myth of extinction of Tasmanian Aborigines stubbornly refuses to die - the Hobart Mercury 26th August 2016
DNA shows links to PNG peoples, ice age change; Aboriginal origins - the SMH 22nd September 2016
Genomes confirm Aborigines as first Australians - the Australian 22nd September 2016
Why Australia Day and Anzac Day helped create a national 'cult of forgetfulness' - the Guardian 16th October 2016
Fremantle moves Australia Day events to 28 January - the Guardian 25t November 2016
The Armenians and the Warlpiri: two genocides that sparked a pilgrimage to the outback - the Guardian 8th December 2016
The Smithsonian's African American Museum Tells the Myriad Stories of Black Heroism - Hyperallergic 6th January 2017
Painter changed Australia's view of art - the Age 20th January 2017
Why I don't support changing the date of Amnesia Day by Celeste Liddle - Eureka Street 22nd January 2017
Hawaiians call Mark Zuckerberg 'the face of neocolonialism' over land lawsuits - the Guardian 2rd January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg 'reconsiders' forcing Hawaiians to sell him their land - the Guardian 27th January 2017
Indigenous leader calls for repatriation - the Herbert River Express 28th January 2017
Bye bye Batman? Melbourne founder's name to be erased from electorate, history - the Guardian 16th February 2017
For Albert Namatjira, artistic licence went astray - the Australian 25th February 2017
DNA provides window into early Aboriginal history - the BBC 9th March 2017
Aboriginal DNA study reveals 50,000-year story of sacred ties to lan - the Guardian 9th March 2017
What's in a name? A lot when we're admiring murders and murderers - the Guardian 12th March 2017
113 years on Namibia genocide gets a hearing in court - the Australian 18th March 2017
White Artist's Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Draws Protests - the New York Times 21st March 2017
Protesters Block, Demand Removal of a Painting of Emmett Till at the Whitney Biennial - Hyperallergic 22nd March 2017
The racist professor, the bones and a university naming row - the BBC 27th March 2017
Black diggers are hailed on Anzac Day. But the Indigenous 'Great War' was in Australia - the Guardian 23rd April 2017
Toronto gallery cancels show after concerns artist 'bastardizes' Indigenous art - the CBC News:Toronto 28april 2017
Sovereignty never ceded: how two Indigenous elders changed Canberra's big day - the Guardian 7th May 2017
Anti-colonial Australian works among new acquisitions made by Tate - the Art Newspaper 19th May 2017
Earliest evidence of Aboriginal occupation of Australian coast discovered - the Guardian 20th May 2017
Cambridge refuses to return Aboriginal spears 'stolen' by Cook - the Weekend Australian 17th June 2017
The legacy reverberates: how a repulsive image reminds us of our ugly past - the Guardian 19th June 2017
Canada celebrates 150th anniversary but indigenous protesters decry colonisation - the ABC 2nd July 2017
Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia - the 20th July 2017
Australian dig finds evidence of Aboriginal habitation up to 80,000 years ago - the Guardian 20th July 2017
'You can't sanitise history': Attempt to erase Indigenous past blocked - the Brisbane Times 1st August 2017
Changing colonial statues is Stalinist, says Malcolm Turnbull - the Guardian 25th August 2017
Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking - the Guardian 25th August 2017
'No pride in genocide': vandals deface Captain Cook statue in Sydney's Hyde park - the Guardian 26th August 2017
Historic statues: Where Indigenous people and women go missing - the Age 3rd September 2017
Fitzroy Fights Australia Day and Demands Respect for Indigenous History - the New York Times 6th September 2017
Moreland City Council keeps citizenship ceremony, dumps Australia Day - the Age 13th September 2017
Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Grace Hopper - the New York Times 3rd September 2017
We shouldn't look to Russia for how to treat problematic history and its statues - the Guardian 14th September 2017
Grand master lost to history: Namatjira's legacy stifled by deal - the Weeked Australian 23rd September 2017
Irish President acknowledges role of Irish in persecution of Aboriginal people - SBS 19th October 2017
Peter Carey: Venturing into territory he had long steered clear of - the Age 26th October 2017
The whole recognition process has a deep colonial resonance - the Guardian 27th October 2017
Finding Mungo Man: the moment Australia's story suddenly changed - the Guardian 14th November 2017 20
Mungo Man returning to his ancestors - the Australian 16th November 2017
Massacres and protest: Australia Day's undeniable history - the Guardian 2nd January 2018
Should museums display human remains from other cultures? - the Art Newspaper 8th January 2018
Australia Day back in political spotlight as Greens vow to push for date change - the Guardian 15th January 2018
'Tens of thousands' to join Australia Day activist WAR - the Australian 17th January 2018
Aboriginal MP receives vile threats over Australia Day flag call - the Age 19th January 2018
Captain Cook statue vandalised in Melbourne before Australia Day - the Guardian 25th January 2018
Time to mention the war - the Guardian 27th January 2018
'People are starting to understand': huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne - the Guardian 27th January 2018
Black Panther: does the Marvel epic solve Hollywood's Africa problem? - the Guardian 3rd February 2018
Canada confronts colonial past as Halifax removes statue of city's founder - the Guardian 6th February 2018
The Fraught Future of the Ethnographic Museum - Frieze 28th February 2018
French President Takes Next Step Toward Repatriating African Artifacts - Hyperallergic 7th March 2018
National Geographic: 'For decades, our coverage was racist' - the Guardian 14th March 2018
What Black Panther Gets Right About the Politics of Museums - Hyperallergic 20th March 2018
Why are white curators still running African art collections? - the Guardian 4th April 2018
Lynching memorial leaves some quietly seething: 'Let sleeping dogs lie' - the Guardian 28th April 2018
The US government should cede territory back to Native Americans - the Guardian 28th April 2018TD>
Sydney to get new $3m Captain Cook memorial in 'inclusive project' - the Guardian 28th April 2018
Cultivating a nation: why the mythos of the Australian farmer is problematic - the Comversation 11h January 2019
Tasmania's dark history involved dozens of Aboriginal massacres, how should we recognise them? - the ABC 13th February 2019 S 20
As the toll of Australia's frontier brutality keeps climbing, truth telling is long overdue - the Guardian 4th March 2019
The Killing Times: the massacres of Aboriginal people Australia must confront - the Guardian 4th March 2019
No matter your skin colour, all non-Indigenous Australians are complicit in colonialism - the Guardian 4th March 2019
There are few memorials to Australia's bloody history but that's changing - the Guardian 5th March 2019
'Conspiracy of silence': how sabotaged inquiries fed massacre denials - the Guardian 6th March 2019
Queensland Museum has new focus on Indigenous scientific heritage - the Age 8th March 2019
The Scottish explorer who became the butcher of Gippsland - the Guardian 8th March 2019
Living Things, With No Bone or Tissue, Pose a Quandary forMuseums - the Guardian 21st March 2019
Reparations for black Americans: how an idea went from the fringes to the mainstream - the Age 6th April 2019
I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial. - the New York Times 6th July 2020
Former Smithsonian Staff Speak Out Against 'Culture Of Racism' At African Art Museum - the Huff Post 15th July 2020
Bristol Removes Statue of Black Protester After Just One Day - the New York Times 16th Jly 2020
Attempt to topple Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago's Grant Park prompts standoff with police, - the Chicago Tribune 18th July 2020
'No Slavery in Australia'? These Pacific Islanders Tell a Different Story - the New York Times 12th August 2020
The right's culture war is no longer a sideshow to our politics - it is our politics - the Guardian 31st August 2021
A Counter to Confederate Monuments, Black Cemeteries Tell a Fuller Story of the South - the New York Times 30th September 2020
Anzac's Shadow March:This Is Not a Day for You' by Barry Morris - Arena Issue:159, 2019
North Carolina Discontinues License Plates With Confederate Flag - the New York Times 1st February 2021
Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People - the New York Times 4th Feruary 2021
New manifesto of writers' association PEN accused by its US arm of backing 'cultural appropriation' - the Guardian 28th March 2021
In 'Exterminate All the Brutes,' Raoul Peck Takes Aim at White Supremacy - the New York Times 5th April 2021
Neighbours racism claim: Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton says set was 'unsafe' - the Age 6th April 2021
Neighbours actor allegedly removed from set after complaints of racism by Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton - the Guardian 7th April 2021
Sport and politics must mix: sportspeople know it - the Age 7th April 2021
Lachlan Murdoch backs Tucker Carlson in 'white replacement' furore - the Guardian 14th April 2021
Officer, police chief resign two days after black motorist's fatal shooting - the Age 14th April 2021
Neighbours: more actors come forward with allegations of racist slurs and discrimination on set - the Guardian 14th April 2021
Hank Azaria apologises 'to every Indian person' for voicing Apu in The Simpsons - the Guardian 14th April 2021
Indigenous deaths in custody received a fraction of media coverage of the death elderly prince - the Guardian 14th April 2021
Three decades on, officials still under fire over Aboriginal deaths in custody - the Age 15th April 2021
Jailing is still failing 30 years later: why this former Aboriginal affairs minister is furious - the Age 15th April 2021
Derek Chauvin Verdict Brings a Rare Rebuke of Police Misconduct - the New York Times 20th April 2021
Chauvin Verdict Brings the Police Relief and Some Resentment - the New York Times 21st April 2021
NRL star Latrell Mitchell praised for reporting online racist abuse as two NSW men charged - the Guardian 23rd April 2021
7 Deputies Placed on Leave After Fatal Shooting of Black Man in North Carolina - the New York Times 23rd April 2021
Deputy Shoots Unarmed Man Repeatedly During 911 Call, Officials Say - the New York Times 24th April 2021
US policing is far less about fighting crime than controlling the poor - the Guardian 25th April 2021
Split-Second Decisions: How a Supreme Court Case Shaped Modern Policing - the New York Times 25th April 2021
'An indescribable moment': Indigenous nation in US has right to lands in Canada - the Guardian 25th April 2021
'Deep systemic racism': will Minneapolis's police department ever change? - the Guardian 25th April 2021
'Grave abuses': Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of apartheid - the Age 27th April 2021
Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends - the New York Times 30th April 2021
Editorial: Curriculum plan deserves support, not a retread of the history wars - the Age 2nd May 2021
Schools already shedding 'white-washed' version of history - the Age 3rd May 2021
'No peace without truth': Victoria to launch Indigenous reconciliation inquiry - the Age 9th March 2021
Students to be taught about 'invasion' experience of First Nations Australians - the Age 29th April 2021
University of Texas Faces New Outcry Over Old Song With Minstrel Roots - the New York Times 7th May 2021
Australian Museum gears up for most important show in its history - the Age 14th May 2021
Students to be taught about 'invasion' experience of First Nations Australians - the Age 30th April 2021
David Gulpilil and me: Margaret Pomeranz, Tony Briggs and more reflect on a pioneer - the Age 30th April 2021
Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends - the New York Times 30th April 2021
Editorial Curriculum plan deserves support, not a retread of the history wars - the Age 2nd May 2021
'Where did the money go?': How native title failed a community - the Age 3rd May 2021
Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars - the New York Times 3rd May 2021
'Make her skin a little lighter': Editor Justine Cullen exposes realities of decades in mags - the Age 3rd May 2021
'Here We Are Again': Police Killings Loom Over Andrew Brown Funeral - the New York Times 3rd May 2021
Curriculum review: Schools already shedding 'white-washed' version of history - the Age 3rd May 2021
The ignorance that underpinned empire and slavery still has staunch defenders - the Guardian 4th May 2021
University of Texas Faces New Outcry Over Old Song With Minstrel Roots - the New York Times 7th May 2021
'This headdress is telling me it needs to go home': Ancient artefacts returned to Australia - the Age 7th May 2021
Top officials say the biggest domestic terror threat comes from white supremacists. - the New York Times 12th May 2021
Maori party co-leader ejected from parliament after performing haka in racism row - the Guardian 12th May 2021
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission: some facts about truth-telling - the Age 14th May 2021
Australian Museum gears up for most important show in its history - the Age 14th May 2021
Video Footage of Death of Black Man in South Carolina Jail Stirs Outrage - the New York Times 14th May 2021
A Police Shooting in Hawaii Has South Africans Demanding Justice - the New York Times 15th May 2021
Australia's biggest landholder is Gina Rinehart, controlling 9.2m hectares - the Guardian 17th May 2021
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