Update 2017: The Karl May continue refusing return of all of the remains. They only agreed to return ONE human remains to a tribe. The others they consider themselves caretakers of, and refuse to respect multiple requests to return our relatives for respectful burial.
My latest article at Indian Country Today Media Network covering the very “hot and rising” international situation of the Native American scalps on display at the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany. The museum is refusing to return the scalps despite multiple requests by tribes, intervention by the US embassy in Berlin and the UNESCO conventions signed by their country which strictly prohibits such activity.
The museum directors state they are a private collection and that natives who visited before never complained, which is a very weak, unethical and typically German excuse. See my article regarding similar, “Native Americans from a European Perspective.”
Protests are being planned for their upcoming annual Karl May Festival, 30 May-1 June 2014.