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AAIA: 7th Annual Repatriation Conference (Day 1)

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (11:00 AM - 7:45 PM) (EDT)


The Annual Repatriation Conference

Repatriation is not only the act of returning Ancestors, their burial belongings, and sacred and cultural patrimony. Repatriation requires all parties involved – institutions, collectors, dealers, federal agencies, Tribal governments, attorneys, academics – to be truth tellers and healers. The 7th Annual Repatriation Conference will require us to acknowledge our accountability for the past and move together collectively, committed to a future where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected and respected.

The Conference theme – Accountable to Our Past, Committed to Our Future – will be realized through interactive, virtual panels led by experts from diverse backgrounds within Tribal governments including Tribal repatriation practitioners and spiritual leaders, museums, academia, dealers and auctions, federal agencies, foreign museums, and legal counsel. These experts and partners will share examples and case studies where there has been a reckoning of history, and teach us about the process – using NAGPRA or other laws, or through consensual actions and best practices.

The Conference will provide connection, ceremony, and healing for participants, while also providing education and training for everyone committed to healing the past. Participants will come together for a variety of relevant panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities to unite all participants in one mind in order to envision a world where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected, and respected.

We hope that you will join us and consider sponsoring the conference to provide free registration to Tribal and museum practitioners, students and Elders! Register here

For questions and sponsorship inquiries, contact us at
Our upcoming 7th Annual Repatriation Conference will take place November 3, 10 & 17, 2021 and will be an all-virtual community-based conference with special events & networking November 1 - November 18 (see Draft Agenda here)!

Register here

$200 Regular Registration

$100 Elder Registration (over 65)        

$100 Students (college or university)

$100 Speaker Registration (confirmed speakers only)

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (11:00 AM - 7:45 PM) (EDT)

November 3, 10 & 17 2021 (With special events and networking November 1 - November 18!)

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