Decision details

Request to repatriate a sacred bundle - a Motokiks ceremonial headdress to the Blackfoot (Siksika), Alberta, Canada

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Repatriation request for headdress currently part of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s collections.






(1)  the due diligence process carried out by the Council’s Museum Officers in establishing whether there were any rival claims to the headdress, be noted;

(2)  the Museums’ Manager and the Director of Culture, Leisure and Tourism being satisfied that the headdress was originally the property of the Siksika Nation prior to its acquisition and its ultimate transfer of the ownership to Exeter City Council and its predecessors be also noted; and

(3)  the legal ownership of the headdress be surrendered by Exeter City Council and transferred to the Blackfoot Tribal Council of the Siksika Nation.


Reason for Decision: As set out in the report.




Report author: Camilla Hampshire

Publication date: 08/11/2023

Date of decision: 07/11/2023

Decided at meeting: 07/11/2023 - Executive

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