Repatriation/Disposition Process

Process

In 2022, Michigan State University completed and adopted a University-wide NAGPRA Policy, which can be viewed here (pdf).  We follow the federal repatriation process, which you can read more about in this Quick Guide (PDF) from the National NAGPRA program.

Michigan State University currently has a moratorium on research on any potentially NAGPRA eligible collections. You can view the moratorium here: Moratorium Memo (PDF).

NAGPRA Advisory Committee

Michigan State University's NAGPRA Advisory Committee assists with the implementation of the NAGPRA Policy (pdf) and the handling of NAGPRA-related matters across the university. The committee currently consists of the following individuals:

  • Devon Akmon, Director, MSU Museum
  • Kristin Arola, Interim Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies 
  • Stacey Camp, Director of MSU Campus Archaeology Program
  • Todd Fenton, Chair, Department of Anthropology
  • Joe Hefner, Forensic Anthropology Lab
  • Kevin Leonard, Interim Director of the Native American Institute
  • Dylan Miner, Dean of RCAH
  • Veronica Pasfield, NAGPRA Officer, Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Jennie Rankin, Records Manager, Univesrity Archives & Historical Collections
  • Michael Stamm, Chair. Department of History
  • Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement
  • Rachel Vargas, Registrar, Broad Art Museum
  • Jessica Yann, NAGPRA Program Manager

Ex Officio Members

  • Judith Stoddart, Associate Provost, University Collections and Arts
  • Laura McCabe, Assistant VP for Research Regulatory Support

Questions?

If you are interested in additional information regarding Michigan State University's repatriation process, please contact Dr. Jessica Yann or Dr. Judith Stoddart; you can find their contact information here: Contact Us.