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Filson Friday – NAGPRA: The Significance of Repatriation

Friday, July 15, 12:00-1:00 pm | REGISTER HERE

This lecture is sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

In 1990, Congress passed legislation that provided a pathway for the repatriation of certain Native American human remains and cultural items back to descendant communities. This legislation, known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), signaled a fundamental shift in the ethics of museum collecting practice. Thirty years after the passage of this important human rights legislation, many institutions are taking yet another look at NAGPRA and the colonial legacy of objects tucked away on our storage shelves. Join Native American Collections Specialist Kelly Hyberger to learn more about the NAGPRA process, what repatriation means for Indigenous communities, and how the Filson is working towards restorative justice around Indigenous collections.

Kelly Hyberger joined the Filson staff in January 2022 and brings over twelve years of museum collections management experience. Kelly’s work has centered around decolonizing museum practice and the repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage items. She earned master’s degrees in History and Teaching from the University of Louisville.