Mohican Experiences with Museum Repatriation Today – virtual lecture with Bonney Hartley, Historic Preservation Manager for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Friday, October 22 – 7 pm

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) offers certain criteria for the return of Tribal Nations’ ancestral remains and cultural heirlooms. After 30 years of this law, there are still staggering numbers of human remains that have not been returned. There are also often discrepancies between how Tribes and Museums determine if the NAGPRA categories apply to items in museum collections. Bonney Hartley, NAGPRA representative for Stockbridge-Munsee Community, the Tribal Nation indigenous to the Berkshires, will share insights from the community’s recent experiences with repatriation efforts in the region and highlight the ways that museums have increasingly shifted their understandings of Tribal stewardship.

This programming is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Muh-he-con-ne-ok:  People of the Waters that are Never Still, on view at the Berkshire Museum through January 9, 2022.

This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and supported through a grant from Housatonic Heritage. To receive Zoom details, please email