Two comments on regulations.gov about the Honduran MOU stand out because they hint at national-local divide within Honduras itself as to who should control Honduran "cultural property" produced by its indigenous groups. That of "Black Man Soul" hints at the repression the Garifuna people have felt at the hands of national authorities since before there was a Honduras. Meanwhile, Dorie Reents-Budet's statement discusses tensions between the national government and local indigenous groups concerning loans of artifacts.
All this raises an issue that deserves serious consideration. Should the MOU with Honduras be renewed when it recognizes the primacy of the Honduran state (which is no friend to indigenous interests) over indigenous artifacts?
Why shouldn't the indigenous peoples of Honduras be able to do what they want with their own artifacts—even if that means selling them or loaning them with a fee to make ends meet?