Do you know if NAGPRA applies to any of your institution’s collections? Almost 30 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), there is still misunderstanding and confusion among some in the museum community regarding its requirements and procedures. In this session we will discuss the basics of NAGPRA, explore the benefits of tribal consultation, and share resources for museums. You will feel more confident engaging with NAGPRA implementation and consulting with tribal partners, even if you don't have NAGPRA cultural items in your collection
In this webinar, guest speakers Anne Amati, NAGPRA Coordinator and Registrar at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, and Angela Neller, Curator for the Wanapum Heritage Center in Washington State, will discuss the basics of NAGPRA and explore how NAGPRA implementation can benefit you and your museum. Through several case studies, Anne and Angela will demonstrate how museums have implemented NAGPRA. They will also discuss available resources including online databases, grants, and training opportunities.
Cost: $40 AASLH members; $65 non-members; StEPs program participants receive a $15 discount (discount code must be used; available within the StEPs Community website)
Whether NAGPRA is new to you or you would benefit from a refresher discussion, this webinar will help you feel more confident about NAGPRA implementation and consulting with tribal representatives. You will also learn how museums can benefit from building relationships with Native American communities beyond NAGPRA implementation.
- feel more confident about engaging with NAGPRA implementation, especially consulting with tribal representatives
- learn who is required to comply with NAGPRA, who has standing to make NAGPRA claims, and what types of cultural items are eligible for repatriation under NAGPRA
- learn how museums implement NAGPRA through multiple case studies
- learn about resources available for museums—including online databases, grants, and training opportunities
- learn about how museums can benefit from building relationships with Native American communities, beyond NAGPRA implementation
Anne Amati is the NAGPRA Coordinator and Registrar at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, a small teaching museum dedicated to educating students about the ethical practices of conservation, interpretation, and management of anthropological collections. Ms. Amati is also an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Denver Museum and Heritage Studies program and works closely with students on collection management and exhibit projects.
Angela Neller is the Curator for the Wanapum Heritage Center in Washington State. She has 29 years of experience managing archaeological, ethnographic, and archival collections. Angela provides technical expertise in repatriation matters to the Wanapum Band of Priest Rapids, a non-federally recognized Indian Group. As a Native Hawaiian, Angela is interested in the relationship of material culture and history to the identity of native peoples. She values objects as touchstones to generations past as they help to inform the present and future.
This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in this topic. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates your organization earns. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and an organization that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.