A key concept in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is cultural affiliation. Since 2010, NAGPRA regulations have provided a process for museums and institutions to return Native American human remains that could not be culturally affiliated to tribes with aboriginal land ties.
NAGPRA Community of Practice
Bringing scholars together to advance NAGPRA goals
DU and the Museum of Anthropology strive to include all perspectives in the conversation and work regarding the repatriation of Native American cultural artifacts and human remains. In order to further this work, we founded a community of practice dedicated to supporting implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. NAGPRA practitioners work for museums, tribes and government agencies, but compliance takes place across disciplines and industries. This network of community members across all fields related to NAGPRA comes together to share knowledge and offer collaborative insight that informs stronger practices.
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.
What We Offer
For NAGPRA practitioners — those involved in implementing NAGPRA at their institutions — 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.Browse Resources
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The DU Museum of Anthropology hosts video calls at 11 a.m. MST on the second and fourth Fridays of each month to share the latest developments in NAGPRA implementation and connect practitioners. 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 using the link below and start communicating with other NAGPRA practitioners who can help advance your work.
NAGPRA at DU
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.