Now that a few of the writing commitments are done, I can breathe a little easier at work. These writing projects were offered to me late last year. I saw these as a great opportunity for more people to learn about the tribal perspective of NAGPRA, how tribes have different problems and situations that are uniquely their own. One of these writings is for a museum journal and the other was for the NAGPRA Review Committee. While both were done in addition to my normal work load (which created a little more extra pressure), I felt compelled to write these, as an Indian giving an Indian perspective. Other writing projects are in the works, but I’m taking a little break from them for right now.
Tomorrow I am presenting on a webinar. The topic of the webinar (online/teleconference training) is what a tribal program needs to function and the unique needs of a tribal repatriation program. One such need is the actual land to rebury remains. Not all tribes have the same amount of resources and what individual resources a particular tribe has needs to be taken into account. Indians, so many times, as lumped together, whether it be customs, dress and now days, big casino revenue. The vast majority of tribes with NAGPRA programs get by on meager budgets. From all the different tribal repatriation staff I have talked to, they are simply trying to help their ancestors out in what ever way they can, resources or not.