Respect ‘above and below the ground’

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Respect ‘above and below the ground’

25th anniversary of Native American Repatriation Act leads to reflection, discussion
Excavations such as this one in 2005 were performed throughout the Ridges Basin area, which is now underwater at Lake Nighthorse. Passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by Congress has built bridges that have enriched archaeology and Native American communities. The act’s 25th anniversary is this year.

Respect ‘above and below the ground’

Excavations such as this one in 2005 were performed throughout the Ridges Basin area, which is now underwater at Lake Nighthorse. Passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by Congress has built bridges that have enriched archaeology and Native American communities. The act’s 25th anniversary is this year.
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Two talks regarding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act will take place this week at Fort Lewis College:
6 p.m. Wednesday at the Center of Southwest Studies Room 120: Darrell “Curly” Youpee, the preservation officer and museum director for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, will present “A Tribal Perspective: Time is the Longest Distance Between Two Places.”
7 p.m. Thursday in Noble Hall Room 130: The Lifelong Learning Series at FLC presents Joe Watkins, PhD., speaking on “NAGPRA at 25: A Personal and Professional History of the Quest for Repatriation.” Watkins, supervisory archaeologist and American Indian liaison officer for the National Park Service, is a member of the Choctaw tribe. His 40-year career has included serving as a mediator between a variety of indigenous peoples worldwide and academics from a number of disciplines, particularly in the areas of repatriation of indigenous human remains and cultural funerary objects.
The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will present “NAGPRA at 25: Colorado’s Implementation Present and Future” at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Sunflower Theatre, 8 East Main St. in Cortez. The speakers are Ernest House Jr., executive director of the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs and a trustee of Fort Lewis College, and Sheila Goff, the NAGPRA liaison and assistant curator of culture and community for History Colorado.

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