About Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) 

NAGPRA requires federal agencies and museums, universities/colleges, and other institutions that receive federal funding to identify and inventory Native American cultural items under their control. NAGPRA established a process for lineal descendants, Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations to request that cultural items be repatriated. To review the full text of the NAGPRA, please visit https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/FHPL_NAGPRA.pdf.


About Michigan Anishinabek Cultural Preservation & Repatriation Alliance (MACPRA)

Mission Statement: We, the nations represented by the Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Protection and Repatriation Alliance (MACPRA) Committee, thankful to the Creator for our sovereign freedom, in order to re-bury ancestors that have been removed from their resting places and are known to us, to bring home to rest all the remaining ancestors who have been taken out of their aboriginal homelands and lands known today within the state of Michigan, to defend and protect all indigenous graves; to protect and defend all traditional cultural properties, and to unify ourselves in the pursuit of these goals.

MACPRA consists of twelve federally recognized Indian Tribes and two state historic Tribes from the State of Michigan. Each Tribe has a designee that represents their Tribe. The goal of the Alliance is to protect and preserve of Anishinaabek cultural resources—past, present, and future. MACPRA was established in 2000 by consensus agreement signed by all Michigan Tribes, hereby authorizing MACPRA to speak on protection and repatriation issues of interest to all signatory Tribes.

For further information, please see MACPRA’s website>> http://www.macpra.org/


MBPI NAGPRA/MACPRA Appointees

The NAGPRA/MACPRA positions were formed to advance the protection and preservation of all cultural resources on lands within our tribal ancestral and historic territories as well as assist with expanding knowledge regarding NAGPRA. The MACPRA/NAGPRA representative consults and helps facilitate the repatriation process for museums and Federal agencies to return Native American cultural items to their lineal descendants and affiliated tribes.

  • Sydney Martin, NAGPRA/MACPRA Representative
  • Punkin Shananaquet, NAGPRA/MACPRA Alternate Representative
  • Lakota Pochedley, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Contact Information 

PHONE: 269.397.1780

EMAIL: nagpra@glt-nsn.gov  

2872 Mission Dr.
Shelbyville, MI 49344