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What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a collaborative committee?

Operating as a collaborative committee, rather than individually as tribes, has a number of advantages.

  • Each member of the Committee has access to all the information and there is little duplication of work.
  • Information is available from all tribes to determine geographic boundaries and criteria for identification of objects.
  • The workload is distributed among several people making the process less of a burden.
  • Priorities for action can be more easily set with the greater quantity of information.
  • Tribes with few resources (people and money) are not limited in their ability to participate in the repatriation process.
  • And perhaps grants are easier to get when it is demonstrated that the funds will be more effectively used to serve many.committees

There may be disadvantages when several tribes or bands attempt to work together.

  • All may not agree on the same priorities and methods of operation.
  • Some members contribute more time and effort than others and this could create feelings of resentment.
  • Disagreements can occur over geographic boundaries of individual tribes or bands.
  • There may be disagreements as to jurisdiction when claims are to be made for repatriation of objects to a tribe.

Our experience has been very fortunate in this regard. Differences have been very minimal and consensus has not been difficult to reach. This may change as we move into different aspects of the repatriation process. No requests for repatriation have yet been filed as a result of CITRC activities.

We feel strongly that the benefits of cooperative efforts far outweigh the problems that may be associated.

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