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Nji Kchi-Nshinaabe’baniik Gdish-Chigemi Wi (We Do This for the Ancestors): The Basics of NAGPRA

April 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  • When:  Friday, April 16th at 1:00pm
  • Who:  Panelists:
    • William Johnson – Ziibiwing Center of AnishinaabeCulture & Lifeways, Interim Director
    • Veronica Pasfield – Bay Mills Indian Community NAGPRA Designee
    • Amadeaus Scott – UMMAA NAGPRA Collections Manager
  • Where:  Register/Webinar link can be found at:


The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) created a federal legal process for the return of Native American human remains and cultural items to Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations.  However, the work that museums and tribes complete together can also be used as an opportunity to create good and lasting relationships that extend beyond NAGPRA.


How can museum best practices and traditional tribal knowledge work together in mutually beneficial ways?  How can transparency and mutual respect forge productive relationships between tribes and museums?  How can future collaborations emerge as a result of the personal and professional relationships that are developed?


The panelists will provide a basic overview of NAGPRA compliance through a consideration of both the tribal and museum sides of the process.  They will also draw from practical experience to show how indigenous knowledge and teachings can help inform and improve professional methods of care and an understanding of the best practices of museums.



  • UM College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
  • UM Office of Government Relations
  • UM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • UM Office of Research
  • UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
  • UM Museum Studies Program
  • UM Department of American Culture
  • UM Native American Studies Program
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Group

Online Poster – NAGPRA Basics Talk (4-16-2021)


April 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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