Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NAGPRA Discussion This Friday At Wesleyan University

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This Friday a panel of experts will gather at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT., to discuss the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which is the federal law that allows - in some instances - Indian tribes to reclaim certain human remains and sacred objects.

According to an announcement, the purpose of the conference is "to raise awareness of critical issues regarding NAGPRA compliance in the context of both Wesleyan as an institution of higher learning that is subject to the federal law, and the particular challenges of repatriation in the southern New England region."

The discussion, entitled "Reconsidering Repatriation: Colonial Legacies, Indigenous Politics and Institutional Developments," will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday, March 26.

The panel includes Trudie Lamb Richmond (director of public programs at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center), Abigail Clouse (author of a book-in-progress called "Salvaging Anthropology: Repatriation and the Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Collecting."), Marge Bruchac (Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Connecticut at Avery Point) and Kevin McBride (director of research for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, who has developed field study programs on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, and directs in all ongoing
archaeological excavations and ethnohistorical research for the Tribe).

This event, organized by Abby Clouse, is free and open to the public. Russell House, where the event will be held, is located on the Wesleyan University campus at the corner of Washington St/RTE 66 and High Street. It is suggested to park on High Street, Court Street or College Avenue.