This year (November, 2015), the Association on American Indian Affairs is planning to host the first ever-inaugural conference on international repatriation in the United States. This conference will be a strong platform where conference participants will have discussions on museums, international policy development and other cultural preservation topics as they relate to international repatriation. We anticipate the conference will be attended by tribal leaders, professionals, students and other interested individuals. Therefore, we need to raise funds to finance this important event. So, we are approaching individuals like you to extend your support to help fund the international repatriation conference. We invite you to come and join our challenges:
1). We are asking Tribal communities to donate: $3,000-$5,000, or more to the conference to cover expenses.
Go to http://www.indian-affairs.org and designate your donation to “International Repatriation Project” (or) send a check to the address below, made payable to “Association on American Indian Affairs.”
2). This year, the International repatriation project is asking indigenous Peoples around the globe to not only donate as communities or individuals, but to create songs from their nations to honor our ancestors and spread the word about the important work of the International Repatriation Project and the Working Group on International Repatriation. Please view the video to hear a special PSA message from Sarena and to join our song for the ancestors:
Fact: An estimated 1 million Indigenous Ancestors and cultural items are located beyond Indigenous borders in international repositories.
How did this happen in the U.S.? Native American graves were excavated and looted without the free, prior, and informed consent of Native Nations and families. In some cases, our Ancestors and their items were taken from massacre sites, and during and after expulsion from traditional lands.
Thanks for joining our campaign!!!