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Indigenous International Repatriation Conference

The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) will be hosting its 2nd annual Indigenous International Repatriation Conference, SHIFTING THE BURDEN, September 26-27, 2016, in Albuquerque, NM at Isleta Resort & Casino.

There is an exiting and timely listing of sessions, and attendees will hear perspectives from Native Nations, Indigenous Peoples, and Museums, as well as collectors.

Sessions include:

  • Private Auction Houses & Repatriation (Pueblo of Acoma, Chestnut Law Firm, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, Navajo Nation)
  • Bears Ears Coalition and National Monument Designation (Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, Angelo Baca (filmmaker))
  • Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Tsosie, Professor, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law
  • Museums: Meaningful Consultations, Ethics & Policies in International Repatriation (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe on Karl May repatriations, Glasgow Museums & Marcella LeBeau on Ghost Dance Shirt Repatriation, National Museum of the American Indian, Maori representative from the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, International Repatriation Programme)
  • Carlisle Indian Boarding School Repatriations (Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Tokala Youth Mentors/Sicangu Youth Council of Rosebud Sioux Tribe)
  • Traditional Leaders in International Repatriation (Traditional Leaders across Indigenous Nations)
  • Looking to the Future: Legislation for International Repatriation (Pueblo of Acoma, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker)
  • Federal Tools in International Repatriation (Department of Interior, Department of State, Department of Justice, National NAGPRA Program)
  • Creating an International Repatriation Archive
  • Import/Export Procedures in International Repatriation (U.S. Fish & Wildlife, UNM School of Law)
  • Tribal Youth Cultural Resources Protection Council Meeting
  • Liflkuuniisii iitle yahgudanggang: We Respect Our Ancestors (Haida Repatriation Committee)
  • Intertribal Investigative Units & Law Enforcement in International Repatriation (San Carlos Apache Tribe)
  • Thinking Through the PROTECT Patrimony Legislation: A Discussion Among Tribes and Collectors (Tribal Representatives, Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA), University of Arizona School of Law)
  • Indigenous Meeting: Establishing Resolution, Delegations, and Plans
  • Federal Listening Session on International Repatriation

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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 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!!!