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Biden’s new tribal consent laws force NYC Museum of Natural History to close Native American exhibits


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History lovers slammed the American Museum of Natural History for shuttering all its Native American-related displays Friday, with one disappointed historophile saying the now-empty major exhibition halls and display cabinets show “history being made secret.”

“People come here to learn and see the displays,” Dan Shoop, 60, told The Post as he wandered the eerily abandoned halls dedicated to the Eastern Woodlands and the Great Plains.

“If it’s not on public display, it robs the people of a chance to learn about a culture of great historic importance to this country.”

The shocking evacuation started just hours after museum director Sean Decatur announced the changes in a letter to staff Friday morning.

“The halls we are closing are artifacts of an era when museums such as ours did not respect the values, perspectives and indeed shared humanity of Indigenous peoples,” Decatur wrote in the missive obtained by The Post.:snip:

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Schaper, who was born the same year the exhibition opened, said she was visiting for the first and last time Friday.

“It belongs to the different tribes and it’s for them to decide what’s for us and what’s for them,” the 57-year-old told The Post.

Another museum member agreed, saying it allows the institution to reopen a Native American exhibit with a fresh perspective.

“It’s policy to get permission from the artifacts’ descendants. I think it’s appropriate,” they said.

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