Repatriation Assistance

Although the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has been in effect for over 30 years and CalNAGPRA for 20 years, compliance can be a frustrating process. Cogstone Resource Management brings more than 25 years of repatriation experience and can guide Native American Nations and Organizations, Federal Agencies, private museums, and repositories to find an efficient but respectful way to identify potential ancestral remains and NAGPRA cultural items in collections for repatriation.

Services

Cogstone offers a suite of services in order to navigate the NAGPRA process. We support Native American leaders and community members in a variety of contexts including the collection of ethnographic and historic data from an indigenous perspective. We educate the public, tribes, scholars, museum curators, dealers, federal agencies and many others through our partnerships.

  • Repatriation policy development
  • Tribal Oral history collection
  • NAGPRA Tribal consultation meeting planning and facilitation
  • Identification of Ancestral Remains
  • NAGPRA grant writing
  • Preparation of NAGPRA
  • NAGPRA trainings and workshops
  • Collections Management
  • Archival and ethnohistoric research

Our Team’s Experience

WENDY TEETER, Ph.D., RPA
Since 1997, Dr. Teeter has managed the curation and care for over 1.5 million artifacts from federal, state, tribal, and private lands at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), ensuring compliance with federal curation and cultural resource laws such as 36CFR79 and conducting NAGPRA research, analysis, and repatriation.
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DESIREÉ RENEÉ MARTINEZ, M.A., RPA
Ms. Martinez also has extensive experience consulting with Native American leaders and community members in a variety of contexts including the collection of ethnographic and historic data from an indigenous perspective and the implementation of community-based research.
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KARIMA RICHARDSON, M.A., RPA
Since 2010, Mrs. Richardson has been the staff archaeologist and osteologist at the Autry Museum of the American West of the historic Southwest Museum Collection. Mrs. Richardson has extensive experience with Native American leaders and community members during NAGPRA consultations.
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Learn More from Our Experts

Article: Returning the tataayiyam honuuka’ (Ancestors) to the Correct Home: The Importance of Background Investigations for NAGPRA Claims DESIREE R. MARTINEZ, WENDY G. TEETER, AND KARIMAH KENNEDY-RICHARDSON

Podcast: Desiree Martinez joins host Alyssa Yáx̱ Ádi Yádi London on Native America Calling podcast to discuss the proposed NAGPRA rules to strengthen repatriation.

Project: Carrying Our Ancestors Home

Upcoming Events

Cogstone is a Bronze Sponsor of the NATHPO Sacred Sites Summit and a sponsor of the Association on American Indian Affairs’ 7th Annual Repatriation Conference.