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.

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.

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Get Involved

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.

  • Monthly Video Calls: Click here or call 1-669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 758 352 715
  • Contact Anne Amati to join the NAGPRA Community of Practice listserv

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.

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Repatriation Conference

Each year, the Association on American Indian Affairs hosts the Annual Repatriation Conference. The Conference brings together academics, policy creators and tribal representatives to honor the spirit of NAGPRA while growing an interdisciplinary, multi-perspective community that can continue to improve its strategies for implementation.

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