Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Consultants

PROJECTS

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INDIAN TRIBES & NATIVE HAWAIIAN ORGANIZATIONS


Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

March 2011 – Present 

Each year we develop a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant proposal. The goal of each grants is to repatriate sacred objects, cultural patrimony, and funerary objects. As of early 2019, the Central Council has repatriated 63 cultural items.


Delaware Nation

July 2016 – January 2017 

We provided meeting planning and consultation facilitation services in support of the efforts to repatriate remains belonging to ancestors and cultural items that were removed from the Abbott Farm complex, which are housed in at least eight museums located from coast to coast.


Delaware Tribe

February 2018 – March 2018 

We developed a 2018 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant proposal to further Abbott Farm complex repatriation efforts.


Elk Valley Rancheria, California

August 2016 – Present

Jan provided a NAGPRA training for Tribal leadership while visiting a university in Oregon and then facilitated a consultation. Currently, we are providing technical assistance with repatriation claim development for ancestors on the West coast and cultural items housed in a museum on the East coast.


Pueblo of Santa Ana, NM

January 2012 – November 2012 

We wrote a NAGPRA Repatriation grant proposal that funded the reunification and reburial of human remains and funerary objects removed from Paa-Ko, which were housed at multiple museums located in New Mexico and California.


The Quapaw Tribe

December 2017 

Jan provided NAGPRA training for staff and members of the Tribal Council, during which strategic planning was initiated.


Sitka Tribe of Alaska

2009 and 2018

In 2009, Jan provided two one-day workshops in Sitka. In 2018, Jan provided a one-day training to members of the Tribal Council and staff.


Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (contract with Andrews Consulting)

March 2017 – April 2017

We edited a repatriation claim for the water drum, known as Grandfather Drum, which was subsequently repatriated.


Koi Nation

October 2016 – February 2017 

Guided the Tribe through a NAGPRA needs assessment.


Wiyot Tribe, Loleta, CA

August 2013 – July 2016 

Jan provided two half-day workshops – “NAGPRA for Tribal Officials” & “NAGPRA for Museums”, which were attended by representatives of regional Indian tribes, museums, universities, as well as federal and state agencies. In 2014 we helped develop a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant proposal. During implementation of the grant, Jan provided training specifically designed for tribal elders in regard to claim development. We also provided technical assistance during repatriation claim development and as a presentation was being developed for a dispute that the Review Committee heard.


NAGPRA Workshop for Native Hawaiians, Honolulu, HI

March 2011 

Jan provided an all-day training for Native Hawaiian organizations that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, the State of Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division, and the US Army Garrison in Honolulu. "The importance of advancing the understanding of the laws and regulations, and promoting cultural awareness and sensitivity related to Iwi Kupuna Hawaiian Burials is what Jan does very well, her work also brings vital resources into the community where it is needed." Kuhu Kaleo Patterson



MUNICIPALITIES


City of Greeley Museums, Greeley, CO

April 2003 – June 2013

We developed a Summary in compliance with 43 CFR 10.8 and provided technical assistance.


City of St. Ignace, MI

Fort de Buade Museum Collection

June 2015 – July 2019

We developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance, which we then implemented. First, we developed and distributed a Summary. We then developed a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant proposal. During grant implementation, Jan provided a NAGPRA training to City officials and Michilimackinac Historical Society staff members who work in the Museum, which houses the collection. Also during grant implementation, we cataloged, databased, and photographed the collection, which was then uploaded to an online NAGPRA consultation resource. We then provided meeting planning services and facilitated consultations.

Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Marquette Mission Park - City of St. Ignace, MIJune 2015 – Present 

We facilitated the disposition of remains belonging to six (6) individuals and three (3) associated funerary objects. To accomplish this, we developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance. We then developed and distributed a Summary, in compliance with 43 CFR 10.8 and an Inventory, in compliance with §10.9. To fund further implementation, we developed a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant. During grant implementation, the faunal collection was examined to determine human remains were present and they were. So, we facilited disposition of those individuals in compliance with §10.13, §10.9, §10.11.


City of Traverse City, MI

Apr 2015 – Present 

We developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance knowing there were human remains representing two individuals in the control of the City and an unknown number of cultural items that may be NAGPRA-eligible. During implementation, we developed a Summary, in compliance with 43 CFR 10.8 and an Inventory, in compliance with §10.9. We facilitated disposition of human remains representing on individual from the Western Plains by offering disposition to all of the Indian Tribes whose aboriginal land Tribes and then guided our client through the process of presenting the request to the Review Committee. To fund implementation, we wrote a Consultation/Documentation grant. During grant implementation, to make the cultural items accessible, we planned and facilitated consultations. We also cataloged, databased, photographed, and made the collection available online through a cloud-based NAGPRA consultation resource to which all Summary recipients were invited to access.



MUSEUMS


Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO

September 2012 – Present

We facilitated the disposition of human remains representing 20 individuals removed from unknown geographic contexts. To accomplish this, we initiated consultation with 566 federally recognized Indian tribes and 77 Native Hawaiian organizations. Then, on April 10, 2014, we asked the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior for disposition to the Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations that jointly requested disposition. The Secretary approved the dispositions and the notices of inventory completion were published without comment. This marked the return of the last of the Native American human remains housed at the museum. In 2019, provided training to staff and volunteers.


Del Norte County Historical Society, Crescent City, CA

October 2011 – April 2015 

After the museum received federal funds for the first time, we facilitated compliance with NAGPRA Section 6, the Summary provision. Jan provided NAGPRA training to the Trustees and facilitated consultation. 


Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, CO

June 2012 – March 2014

We facilitated disposition of remains belonging to one Native American individual from the Southwest through consultation, which we facilitated.


Limon Heritage Museum and Railroad Park (Limon Heritage Society), Limon, CO

April 2004 – July 2004

We developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance. During implementation, we developed and distributed a Summary and provided technical assistance with repatriation claim evaluation.


Mukwonago Historical Society Museum, Mukwonago, WI

October 2012 – Present

We provided the Board of Trustees with NAGPRA training and met with the museum's Indian Committee. After conducting a review of the collections, we drafted a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance. We then facilitated submission of NAGPRA Inventories and Summaries to more than 60 Indian tribes.


Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, Las Animas, CO

June 2010 – July 2011 

We developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance, which we then implemented. We developed and distributed Inventories, in compliance with 43 CFR 10.9, and Summary, in compliance with §10.8. We developed a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant proposal that we then implemented. During grant implementation, we provided meeting planning services and facilitated consultation facilitated consultation. We also facilitated reinterments.


Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology - Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

May 2006 – June 2009 

To facilitate repatriation of ancestors from the Southwestern US, Jan facilitated consultations at Tribal offices in the Southwest. In 2019, together we developed a Care-And-Trust agreement that will be used for cultural items and remains belonging to ancestors that will be housed in the Museum after repatriation (transfer of legal control).


San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA

April 2016

As part of the Museum's effort to decolonize, Jan spent two half-days with members of the collections, NAGPRA, and archives staff helping them better understand the Museum’s compliance status and plan strategically. Jan also provided two half-day NAGPRA trainings to which all staff and trustees were invited. 



STATE AGENCIES 


Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Historic Preservation Division, Stockbridge, GA

April 2018 

Offered a two-day NAGPRA training and strategic plan development workshop for representatives of the Department and repositories that house the collections.


California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, CA

March 2017 – Present 

Strategic plan development and technical assistance including restructuring of lines of authority.


West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Charleston, WV

December 2013 – May 2018 

Developed and implemented two NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grants that resulted in the disposition of human remains representing a minimum of 1,031 individuals and 2,050 associated funerary objects from a single site in WV.



UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES


Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco, TX

March 2018 – Present 

We developed a strategic plan development and implementation. Currently facilitating disposition of the remains belonging to ancestors and associated funerary objects removed from Texas, in compliance with 43 CFR 10.11.

Beloit College’s Logan Museum, Beloit, WI
September 2010 – December 2012 

We provided technical assistance in the development of NAGPRA Section 5 Inventories for human remains and funerary objects removed from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 


Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 

April 2003 – Present 

We provided full NAGPRA services - from strategic planning through inventory and summary development to reburial. All of the human remains and associated funerary objects under the College's control have been repatriated and all but those from one locale have been reburied.


Marshall University, Huntington, WV

November 2015 – Present 

We facilitated disposition of human remains belonging to 43 individuals and 126 associated funerary objects, which represent all of the human remains and associated funerary object known to have been in control of Marshall. To accomplish this, we developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance. During implementation, we developed and distributed a Summary in compliance with 43 CFR 10.8 and an Inventory in compliance with §10.13. We developed a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant, which funded inter-Tribal consultations that we planned and facilitated. Jan provided NAGPRA training to administrators, legal counsel, and faculty. We also provided technical assistance in the development of a NAGPRA policy and procedures.


Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

January 2019 – Present

We are in the process of developing a strategic plan for NAGPRA implementation to facilitate disposition/repatriation of all of the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects in the control and possession of the University. Meeting planning and consultation facilitation has also been initiated.


Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK

November 2014 – Present 

After a site visit, developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance, which identifies grant-fundable projects that will result in publication of notices of inventory completion for human remains representing approximately 3000 individuals and 100,000 associated funerary objects. We then wrote a FY2015 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant to fund the first project. We continue to offer technical assistance as the strategic plan is implemented.


State Center Community College District 

Fresno City College, Fresno, CA

October 2015 – Present 

When this project is completed, we will have facilitated repatriation of human remains belonging to 30 individuals and over 600 associated funerary objects that were removed from sites in California’s Central Valley that were identified in faunal collections. To accomplish this, we developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance. During plan implementation, we developed and distributed a Summary in compliance with 43 CFR 10.8 and Inventories in compliance with §10.9. To fund implementation, we developed a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant. During grant implementation, we provided meeting planning services, facilitated inter-Tribal consultations, facilitated publication of Notices and provided technical assistance.

Reedley College, Reedley, CA

July 2015 – June 2016 

Facilitated repatriation of ancestors under the future applicability rule. 


University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO

September 2004 – Present 

We have written and implemented 10 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grants and nine (9) repatriation grants. These projects have resulted in the repatriation/disposition of human remains representing 648 individuals, 630 associated funerary objects, 109 unassociated funerary objects, nine (9) items identified as both sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony, and five (5) sacred objects. During these projects, we worked with 370 Indian Tribes.


University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology, Columbia, MO

October 2016 – Present

Strategic plan development, NAGPRA grant proposal development and implementation, meeting planning, and inter-tribal consultation facilitation.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

October 2009 – October 2011 

With the client, we co-wrote two NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grant proposals. Jan provided NAGPRA training to University administrators, faculty, and staff who would become the founding members of the University's NAGPRA Committee. We also provided technical assistance, meeting planning services, and facilitated consultations.


Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

September 2011 – May 2012 

Jan provided NAGPRA training to staff and students. We then developed a strategic plan for NAGPRA compliance.



FEDERAL AGENCIES


US Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement

June 2016 – Apr 2018 

Facilitated repatriation of human remains and funerary objects seized during a law enforcement activity.


United States Air Force

October 2011 – September 2013 

For the nine Air Force Space Surveillance Stations (AFSSS), we facilitated the development of MOUs that address government-to-government consultation and NAGPRA Section 3 Comprehensive Agreements. The AFSSS are located in San Diego, CA; Gila River, AZ; Elephant Butt, NM; Lake Kickapoo, TX; Red River, AR; Silver Lake, MS; Jordan Lake, AL; Hawkinsville, GA; and Tattnall, GA, which is the aboriginal land of 74 Indian tribes that were invited to participate in the development of the agreements and comment on Standard Operating Procedures. We planned and facilitated a consultation with the Gila River Indian Community and southeastern Tribes. 


United States Fish & Wildlife Service National Wildlife Property Repository, Commerce City, CO

August 2011 – December 2012 

In consultation with Indian Tribes, we developed a summary and then distributed it. We then continued to facilitate consultation.


United States Forest Service Shoshone National Forest

August 2018 - present

NAGPRA Section 5 (Inventory Provision) implementation for ancestors and funerary objects removed from two sites.