Introduction to Repatriation: Principles, practice and policies

Presenters will be drawn from the following project partners as well as additional guest speakers (TBA)

Amber Aranui

Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa

Previously working as a mentor for Maori and Pacific Island Students, contract archaeologist and guest lecturer at University of Victoria in Wellington, Amber is now employed at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa's Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Program where she provides research for Maori and Moriori human remains that are located in overseas institutions ultimately to return them home.

Neil Carter

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre

Neil is the Repatriation Officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC). He is responsible for the repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Secret/Sacred objects. His extensive experience of repatriation in the Kimberley region includes liaison with museums, organising the logistics of reburial events and undertaking all consultation with community groups to ensure appropriate repatriation and reburial processes. Neil was a member of the Ministry for the Arts Advisory Committee on Indigenous Repatriation (ACIR) until 2015.

Ned David

Ned is a Kulkalaig, a traditional owner from the Central Islands in the Torres Strait whose homeland Magan includes Tudu (Warrior Island), Iama (Yam Island) Gebarr (Gabba Island) Mucar (Cap Island) Sassie, (Sassie Island), Zagai (Long Island) the surrounding reefs of Wapa (Warrior reef) and Thidu (Dungeness reef). He is the current Chair of several organisations in the Torres Strait that includes the Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Council (TSIREC), the Magani Lagaugal Registered Native Title Body Corporate the Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Gur A Baradharaw Kod (GBK). Mr David has an extensive work history in both government and private sector and has played a central role in repatriation efforts in the Torres Strait since 2009. This includes organising the Torres Strait Repatriation Working Group and an extensive consultation process which it undertook with communities across the Straits. Mr David led delegations from the Torres to speak with international museums on repatriation matters. His work has led to the submission of repatriation claims to overseas institutions which have produced the return of Torres Strait Old People from, for example, the Natural History Museum in London, the Liverpool Museum, and the Charite Hospital in Berlin. He was co-chair of the Australian Government’s international repatriation Indigenous Advisory Committee, including for the national process of consultation regarding the establishment of a National Resting Place for unprovenanced Ancestral Remains.

Cressida Fforde

National Centre for Indigenous Studies, The Australian National University

Cressida is an Associate Professor at ANU and the Deputy Director of NCIS. She has undertaken research within the repatriation field for Indigenous communities and museums in Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand and the UK, particularly in the location and identification of Ancestral Remains through archival research. She has contributed significantly to scholarship in this area and her work is recognised internationally for the expertise she brings to the analysis of the history and repatriation of Indigenous human remains.

Steve Hemming

Yungorrendi Centre, The Flinders University of South Australia

Steve Hemming is an Associate Professor at The Flinders University of South Australia. He has played a major role in supporting the Ngarrindjeri nation in research and community development including the development of two native title claim applications and the establishment of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (the Ngarrindjeri Nations peak body). Between 1995 and 2001 Steve was a key witness in a Royal Commission and several court cases associated with the Hindmarsh Island Bridge issues. Steve acted as anthropologist/historian for the Ngarrindjeri nation in the development and submission of two native title claims. Since 2000 Steve has had growing opportunities to engage in research through ongoing collaborations with Indigenous communities.

Honor Keeler

National Centre for Indigenous Studies

Honor Keeler (Cherokee) is an Honorary Research Fellow at NCIS. She received her J.D. and Indian Law Certificate from the University of New Mexico and her B.A. from Brown University. She was Director of the International Repatriation Program a the Association on American Indian Affairs. Prior to joining the AAIA, Keeler was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and managed repatriation. She has also worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Indian Law Center, Inc. on a variety of issues, including federal Indian law, sacred lands protection, public lands, and indigenous governance. Recently, Keeler released A Guide to International Repatriation: Starting An Initiative In Your Community, and is the author of Indigenous International Repatriation, a law journal article through Arizona State University.

Timothy McKeown

National Centre for Indigenous Studies

Dr C. Timothy McKeown is a legal anthropologist who has been intimately involved in the implementation of U.S. repatriation policy since 1991. For 18 years, he served as a Federal official responsible for drafting regulations implementing Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), developing databases to document compliance, establishing a grants program, investigating allegations of failure to comply for possible civil penalties, coordinating the activities of a Secretarial advisory committee, and providing training and technical assistance to nearly 1000 museums and Federal agencies and 700 indigenous communities across the U.S.A. He is an Adjunct Fellow at NCIS and works with Associate Professor Cressida Fforde and Adjunct Associate Professor Mike Pickering on the ARC Linkage project 'Return, Reconcile, Renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future' which commenced in mid-2013.

Wes Morris

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre

Wes Morris is Co-ordinator for KALACC and plays a key role in fund-raising for this organisation. Between 2009 and 2013, Wes was a member of the Western Australian Government Collections Advisory Committee. At KALACC he has had extensive involvement in managing, planning and securing funding for KALACC's repatriation program and establishing a number of Kimberley Keeping Places for returned Ancestral Remains and secret/sacred objects.

Lyndon Ormond-Parker

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is an ARC Research Fellow in the Indigenous Studies Unit of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Australian Heritage Council, and the Australian Government Ministry for the Arts’ Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation.

Laurie Rankine Junior

Laurie Rankine Junior is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri nation with significant experience in Ngarrindjeri cultural heritage management and working within the Ngarrindjeri community. Laurie has worked with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA) heritage team since 2010 where he was first introduced to Ngarrindjeri repatriation research and practice. Laurie is the NRA’s media officer and uses film to document Ngarrindjeri stories and achievements, including those around repatriation. He is also a member of several Ngarrindjeri committees and working groups and was a Partner Investigator for the NRA on the Return, Reconcile, Renew Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2013-2016) and the Restoring Dignity Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Project (2018-2020).

Daryle Rigney

Flinders University of South Australia

Professor Daryle Rigney is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation. He has undertaken roles as the Dean of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University, and is an Affiliated Faculty member of the James E. Roger College of Law, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona. Daryle chairs Ngarrindjeri Enterprises Pty. Ltd. (NEPL), the economic development company of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA), co-chairs the NRA's Research, Policy and Planning Unit, co-chairs the United League of Indigenous Nations (ULIN) and is a Director of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).

Major Sumner

Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

Major Sumner is a senior Ngarrindjeri man with extensive expertise in community development and cultural knowledge. He has been a leading figure in Ngarrindjeri repatriation program since the 1990s, regularly negotiating with museums and undertaking ceremony at handover events. He is Chair of the Ngarrindjeri Heritage Committee and works closely with the Ngarrindjeri Cultural Heritage Team in the planning of reburials, including logistical and ceremonial aspects. Major Sumner was appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Repatriation (ACIR) in 2015.

Paul Tapsell

University of Melbourne

Professor Paul Tapsell (Paora John Tohi te Ururangi Tapihana) joined the University of Otago in 2009 as Dean of the School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies and in 2012 became Professor of Maori Studies. He is widely experienced representing Maori people and their interests in his many roles including for example as Director Maori at the Auckland War Memorial (2000-2008), Co-convener Cultural Heritage and Museum Programme at the University of Auckland (2000-2008) and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland (2000-2008). Paul has played a leadership role in the development of museum and government policy pertaining to the repatriation of Maori human remains and Taonga (objects of high cultural significance) as well as providing advice and submissions to overseas deliberations in this area.He is currently working on the Indigenous studies curriculum at the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne's Centre for eScholarship Research

Luke Trevorrow

Luke Trevorrow is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri nation with extensive experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage and natural resource management. From an early age he has worked with Ngarrindjeri Elders, organisations and the community concerning the repatriation of Ngarrindjeri ancestral remains. Since 2009, Luke has Coordinated the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA) heritage team which has responsibilities including the care and protection of Ngarrindjeri burials. Luke has been involved in significant partnerships and projects with universities, museums and other research and educational organisations.

Paul Turnbull

University of Tasmania

Paul Turnbull is Emeritus Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Tasmania. He is widely published in the field of repatriation and has conducted extensive research on the removal and use of Indigenous Ancestral Remains by European scientists in the 19th century. Through painstaking archival research on the scientific uses of Bodily remains, Paul's work has contributed significantly to challenging received ideas and arguments about the nature and effects of racial discourse in colonial Australia.

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