9th Annual Repatriation Conference: "Building the Next Fire"


November 13, 2023

Happy Ribbon Skirt Day from the 9th Annual Repatriation Conference in Shawnee, Oklahoma. (Photo/AAIA)

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma - This past week, tribal leaders, museum employees, academics, government officials, and repatriation practitioners gathered together in Shawnee, Oklahoma to discuss returning Indigenous human remains and burial objects back to their rightful tribal nations.

They were each participants in the 9th Annual Repatriation Conference, hosted by the Association on American Indian Affairs, at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's Grand Casino Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The conference's theme was "Building the Next Fire."

For three days, more than 300 in-person attendees heard panelists speak to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) from many different angles.



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