Dr. Rae Gould


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Monday, February 24, 2020


7:30 pm


Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Concept of "Institutional Will"

Lecture by Dr. Rae Gould, Nipmuc Nation Enrolled Tribal Member & Associate Director of Native American & Indigenous Studies at Brown University

NAGPRA requires all federally funded institutions (like Vassar) to inventory their Native collections and consult with tribes for the return of human remains, grave objects, and other culturally important items. Thirty years after passage of this law, many institutions have yet to fully comply. Dr. Gould, will discuss how “Institutional Will” enables or restricts compliance, and how this work (or lack thereof) affects tribal communities.

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department

Terri Cronk

Anthropology Department