Advocating for Our Ancestors


In this session, Shannon Keller O'Loughlin, Executive Director and Attorney of the Association on American Indian Affairs, describes actions that viewers can take to protect Native American Tangible Cultural Heritage, and how, despite processes to help protect parts of Cultural Heritage, such as NAGPRA, ARPA, and NHPA, Indigenous tangible cultural heritage is still bought and sold, assimilated, misappropriated, and kept out of arms reach. This talk discusses how Indian Country has come together to protect cultural heritage, and what can be done to continue to honor Ancestors' legacies and protect cultural sovereignty through unity of voice and action. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Temecula, California, on October 8-10, 2019.