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The Care of Indigenous Belongings at the FAC and a Conversation About NAGPRA

April 11 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and the care of Indigenous belongings at the FAC. Museum staff and NASU representatives will be joined by Jackie Veninger of Bernstein and Associates to discuss what NAGPRA is, why the law was created, and her experience supporting cultural institutions to push beyond compliance. The museum team will speak about their collaboration with descendent communities to better care for the collection and they will provide an update on the FAC’s ongoing NAGPRA-related work.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Jackie Veninger 
As a NAGPRA practitioner and archaeologist, Jackie Veninger has been committed to community informed research and social justice since the foundation of her career. Before joining Bernstein & Associates, Jackie worked in heritage management for tribal governments, museums, academia, and federal agencies, where she gained considerable social justice and heritage stewardship expertise in diverse roles, including NAGPRA coordinator, collections manager, researcher, and educator. Jackie received her PhD in archaeology from the University of Exeter (UK), focusing on contested landscapes, conflict and heritage of historically marginalized populations. She also has a considerable background in archaeological ethics and has taught courses on the decolonization of museum anthropology and cultural heritage law.

About Bernstein & Associates
Bernstein & Associates has over 35 years of experience working collaboratively with Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, universities and colleges, government agencies, and lineal descendants to facilitate the repatriation of thousands of ancestors and cultural items. Their services include customized NAGPRA training, strategic planning, consultation meeting planning in support of NAGPRA implementation, NAGPRA document development, and consultation facilitation.


April 11
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
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