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.

About NCP


Our Vision

A community that is supported, connected, and empowered to facilitate repatriation.

Our Mission

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—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.

  • Bi-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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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

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