Auburn University’s compliance efforts with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) will be the focus of the next AU Libraries Discover Auburn Lecture Series on Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Dr. Megan Buchanan, associate professor of anthropology, and Dr. Michael Walters, AU NAGPRA coordinator, will be the speakers.
NAGPRA was passed by Congress in 1990 and provides a process for museums and federal agencies to return Native American cultural items, human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony that may have been taken without consent of their respective lineal descendants, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. NAGPRA also authorizes federal grants to Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and museums to assist with the documentation and repatriation of Native American cultural items.
The lecture is open to the public and will take place in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditroium on the ground floor of RBD Library.