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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

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Student Cultural Programming Fee
Native American House
Oct 5, 2012   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Anthony Yepa (Jemez, Chickasaw, Paguate, Seminole)
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Native American House

Yepa’s 2002 research: Public Law 101-601 is known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The focus of this research is to show the use and misunderstanding of NAGPRA. Since passage of this law in November 1990, it has paved the road for Indigenous Nations to recover repatriate human remains and associated objects. However, usage of this law varies with Native Americans. The Pueblo of Jemez view was used to recover 2,067 ancestors. An overview of the Shawnee, Navajo, and Zuni Nations will be included to provide a critical lens of how each nation interprets and reinforces this law compared to Jemez Pueblo. Sensitive cultural issues explored in terms of reburial and repatriation in these communities is: oral traditions, case files of past disturbances, and personal testimony. This information is crucial for use in educating the non-Native American on the proper protocol that Indigenous Nations wish to have followed (

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