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Welcome to the NAGPRA Community of Practice

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Our Vision

A community that is supported, connected, and empowered to facilitate repatriation.

Our Mission

The NAGPRA Community of Practice provides space to share experiences, concerns, and successes to decrease misunderstanding and hesitancy and to foster relationships and healing.

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Get Involved

The NAGPRA Community of Practice hosts video calls at 11 a.m. MT on the second and fourth Fridays of each month to share the latest developments in NAGPRA implementation and connect practitioners. Access recordings of the calls here. We also offer an email listserv (Google Group) that allows NAGPRA community members to share their resources and seek insight from experts across many fields and levels of expertise. We also share community news and reminders of upcoming calls. Join our private Facebook group and start communicating with other NAGPRA practitioners who can help advance your work.

  • Bi-Monthly Video Calls: Click here or call 1-669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 758 352 715

  • To join the listserv (Google Group), visit groups.google.comsearch All Groups for NAGPRA Community of Practice and ask to join. More information on finding and joining a Google Group can be found on Google Groups Help. If you run into any issues or have questions, please contact anne.amati@du.edu.

For NAGPRA practitioners — those involved in implementing NAGPRA — our community of practice can be a vital resource for networking and knowledge sharing. NAGPRA practitioners are invited to utilize resources like document templates, sample letters of consultation and museum guidelines in their own work.

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Contact Directory

Knowing who to contact can be the first step in improving communication between museum, tribe, federal, and other NAGPRA practitioners. To support communication and collaboration, the NAGPRA Community of Practice is creating a directory of NAGPRA practitioners.

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Additional NAGPRA Communities

Learn about other groups dedicated to NAGPRA and repatriation work. The NAGPRA Community of Practice does not oversee these groups. If you have a group that you'd like to share information about here, please contact anne.amati@du.edu.

AAIA Tribal Partners Working Group

The Association on American Indian Affairs has long been working to protect the Cultural Sovereignty of Native Nations through our work on domestic and international repatriation matters together with those Nations. Association staff met with Tribal leaders, Elders, and practitioners to discuss how to best create and implement a Tribal Partners Working Group, ensuring our efforts were guided by our Tribal Partners. The Tribal Partners Working Group is a closed group limited to citizens and members of Native Nations who represent those Nations on matters involving domestic and international repatriation, NAGPRA and other federal, state, and Tribal laws, cultural heritage protection, historic preservation, and Sacred Places. The closed group allows Tribal repatriation practitioners to have a safe space to talk about matters that are not meant for the public, and to build stronger coalitions throughout Indian Country. 

The main goal of this working group is to create a protected place for Tribal Representatives to come together and discuss important and sensitive issues. The working group meets monthly the last week of each month. To join or for more information, please contact the Association at general@Indian-Affairs.org

California Repatriation Community of Practice

The California Repatriation Community of Practice is a Tribally led working group of repatriation practitioners that is organized by the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The group has quarterly Zoom meetings to discuss repatriation best practices, provide state and local government officials with an opportunity to give updates, and offer short training sessions on practical repatriation topics. The group is open to all repatriation practitioners. To sign up, please register at: https://forms.office.com/r/2qQaATrRFf

Federal NAGPRA Network

The Federal NAGPRA Network brings together agency staff to share information and exchange best practices to support agency NAGPRA compliance efforts, including those that are unique to Federal agencies. To join the network, contact Emily Palus at emily_palus@ios.doi.gov.

Midwest NAGPRA Community of Practice (MNCP)

The central goal of the Midwest NAGPRA Community of Practice (MNCP) is to facilitate communication and discussion among institutions, agencies, and tribal communities that focuses upon the documentation of ancestors and cultural materials from midwestern locations for consultation and repatriation to descendent communities. We also can serve as an important resource for institutions and agencies throughout the country who have midwestern collections that may be NAGPRA related. For more information or if you are interested in joining our group, please contact Eve Hargrave at ehargrav@illinois.edu.

Nebraska NAGPRA Circle

The Nebraska NAGPRA Circle is a regional NAGPRA Community of Practice in the central Great Plains. Our membership currently includes 36 NAGPRA practitioners from Tribes, museums, government agencies and educational institutions in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Nebraska Circle sessions are held on Google Meet hosted by History Nebraska at noon Central Time on the first Friday of each month, except during the summer.  If you are interested in joining the Nebraska NAGPRA Circle and receiving notices of our monthly programs, please contact Dave Williams, State Archeologist and Interim Director of Historical Resources at History Nebraska at email dave.williams@nebraska.gov.

Northeast NAGPRA Community of Practice

The Northeast NAGPRA Community of Practice was founded to create better connections in the Northeast between institutional practitioners and tribal representatives.  We aim to facilitate strong communication between all individuals involved in NAGPRA implementation regardless of skill and expertise. Topics may be broad and general but the regional focus will build camaraderie. Please reach out to the group facilitators at northeast.nagpra@gmail.com with any questions or to join the meetings.

Southeastern NAGPRA Community of Practice (SNACP)

Throughout the Southeast, many NAGPRA practitioners are at various stages with different levels of knowledge about NAGPRA. However, all face similar issues concerning the navigation and implementation of NAGPRA. A southeastern focused support system enables individuals who are involved in NAGPRA to more easily find ways to talk and share resources specific to the Southeast. If you are interested in being part of the Southeastern NAGPRA Community of Practice, please email se.nagpra.communityofpractice@gmail.com.

Southwestern NAGPRA Community of Practice

The Southwestern NAGPRA Community of Practice (SW-NCP) is for everyone engaged in NAGPRA work at museums, Tribes, or Federal or state agencies, along with other interested parties, who are working in the Southwest or at institutions with ancestors or belongings from the Southwest. Email Amy Cao (arcao@fortlewis.edu) to be added to the SW-NCP’s contact list to receive updates on our regular Zoom meetings or if you have any questions or suggestions.

Wisconsin NAGPRA Community of Practice

The Wisconsin NAGPRA Community of Practice is geared towards practitioners that are working with NAGPRA concerns largely from archaeological sites located in and near to Wisconsin. The Wisconsin NAGPRA COP is for practitioners with various stages of knowledge about NAGPRA who all face similar issues concerning the navigation and implementation of NAGPRA. This regional support system enables individuals who are involved in NAGPRA to more easily find ways to talk and share resources. If you are interested in being part of the Wisconsin Community of Practice, please email haasjr@uwm.edu

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