ASU Law: NAGPRA Panel on Nov. 16

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NAGPRA: 30 Years and Beyond

Monday, Nov. 16

12:00-1:30 p.m. MST

Join us as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and explore new opportunities for building on this landmark legislation.

Guest speakers:
– Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) – Writer/Curator/Policy Advocate/President, Morning Star Institute
– Shannon O’Loughlin (Choctaw) – Executive Director and Attorney, Association on American Indian Affairs
– James Riding In (Pawnee) – Founding Member and Associate Professor, American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.

Free webinar and open to the public.

Register for this free webinar at: 

NAGPRA 30 Years and Beyond

D.C. District Court Denies Manzanita Kumeyaay Effort to Stop Border Wall Construction

Here are the materials in Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians v. Wolf (D.D.C.):

1 Complaint

7 Motion for TRO

16 Opposition

18 Reply

23 DCT Order

AAIA: 6th Annual Repatriation Conference (10/26-28/2020)

6th Annual Repatriation Conference
Growing Community & Moving Forward after 30 Years of NAGPRA

An ALL VIRTUAL Community Conference

October 26 – 28, 2020

The Association on American Indian Affairs and the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology is partnering for the 6th Annual Repatriation Conference.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Conference will be completely virtual and formatted for active participation and networking among participants from Indian Country, institutions, federal agencies,  international institutions, attorneys, academics and others interested in repatriation and Indigenous human rights work.
This artwork was created especially for the 6th Annual Repatriation Conference by George Curtis Levi, who is a member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe of Oklahoma and is also Southern Arapaho. This ledger art painting depicts how repatriation builds community and strengthens culture. It was painted on an antique mining document from Montana that dates from the 1890s. India ink and liquid acrylic paints were used.

Register here.

Conference program here.

DOI Consultation Notice on DOI Reorganization

Download(PDF): Tribal Listening Sessions on E.O. 13871: Reorganization of the Executive Branch

Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Michael S. Black, invites Tribal leaders to attend one of the listed listening sessions to provide input on improving “efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability” at the Department of the Interior.


Nonprofit Quarterly Article on French Auction of Native Artifacts

Link to “Native Americans Protest Sale of Artifacts” by Alexis Buchanan here.


Perhaps auction houses would not be so unwavering in the sale of these items if they did not fetch such high prices. The Guardian reports that France has a long history, tied to its colonial past in Africa, of collecting and selling tribal artifacts. The Paris-based “Indianist” movement in the 1960s celebrated indigenous cultures, and interest in tribal art in Paris was revived in the early 2000s following the highly lucrative sales in Paris of tribal art owned by late collectors André Breton and Robert Lebel. As such, many of these items have high value. The Hopi Tutuveni reported that in April 2013, the Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou auction house in Paris generated $1.2 million as 70 Hopi religious objects went for an average of $17,143, with one object created around 1880 fetching $209,000. In Monday’s protested sale, Yahoo News reported that twelve sacred Kachina masks went under the hammer for 116,000 euros ($129,000)—with the most precious, the Crow Mother, going for 38,000 euros ($42,300)—about a third less than expected, but still a high value.