Position Announcement: Repatriation Research Specialist, National Museum of the American Indian

This position is located in the Repatriation Department, Cultural Resources Center, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee independently conducts research analysis and submits repatriation recommendations to the Board of Trustees on specific topics as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Researches, writes, and critically analyzes relevant data into a well-organized, written, and reasoned repatriation report. This requires the researcher to independently research information using the best scientific and historical documentation available based on the legal criteria for repatriation as defined in the NMAI Repatriation Policy.
  • Tracks the history of each case report using legal case management software system and keen time management skills to ensure that case review process and critical deadlines are met.
  • Assists and participates in repatriation consultations with tribal nations, indigenous communities, and Native individuals.
  • Applies broad knowledge of Native American culture, history, and protocols to each case research report, consultation, and outreach effort by being aware of the socio-political climate relative to the specific tribal claim or community they are addressing.

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