With Dignity & Respect: Returning Indigenous Remains in West Michigan INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Friday, December 3, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Bold text on a sandy background. "With Dignity & Respect: Returning Indigenous Remains in West MIchigan" on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:30 am. Register at gvsu.edu/s/1R7.


In 1990, many Indigenous Americans were laid to rest for the first time in centuries. Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), requiring museums, universities, and other institutions to return items that belonged to Indigenous Americans. Most crucially, NAGPRA required the return of actual human remains and other sacred relics.

Jay Sam, tribal member and Director of Historic Preservation of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians & Janet G. Brashler, Retired Professor of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University, will discuss their firsthand experiences with implementing NAGPRA in 1990s West Michigan. They will speak to their perspectives as professionals on either end of these exchanges, and how their views on NAGPRA have changed in the past 30 years.

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This Zoom webinar is free and open to the public, but you must register for the webinar to receive a login link.

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Kutsche Office of Local History

[email protected] - 616-331-8099 - gvsu.edu/kutsche


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This event was added to the calendar by Mary Williford (willifom@gvsu.edu) on Monday, November 8, 2021 and was last updated on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:06 a.m.