Bringing practitioners together to advance NAGPRA goals
A community that is supported, connected, and empowered to facilitate repatriation.
The NAGPRA Community of Practice provides space to share experiences, concerns, and successes to decrease misunderstanding and hesitancy and to foster relationships and healing.
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. Our community of practice also offers an email listserv that allows NAGPRA community members to share their resources and seek insight from experts across many fields and levels of expertise. Join our private Facebook group and start communicating with other NAGPRA practitioners who can help advance your work.
What We Offer
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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Be a Part of Our Community
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.
Additional NAGPRA Communities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We are currently reconsidering our virtual meeting date, time, and frequency. We have decided to not meet in December (2023) and will come up with a plan to try out in the coming months. Email Kate Compton-Gore (Kate.Compton-Gore@nau.edu) or Amy Cao (email@example.com) to be added to the SW-NCP’s contact list to receive updates on meetings or if you have any questions or suggestions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.