Marissa Turnbull presents, ''Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century''

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m. 

Where: Virtually! Registration required. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We will be using Zoom meetings.
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Presenter: Marissa Turnbull, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

The Topic: The indigenous rights perspective is founded on the political movement to reassert tribal sovereignty and self-determination and demand respect for indigenous rights to cultural survival. This presentation shall discuss how the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribe seeks to protect their ancestors, and how the tribe is attempting to secure recognition of basic human rights. Focus will be placed on federal historic and cultural preservation statutes, such as the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Cost: Free for members, guests $20, registration is required.


Marissa A. Turnbull is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and the appointed NAGPRA specialist for the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribe. Ms. Turnbull is charged with preserving, promoting, and protecting culturally significant sites within the aboriginal territory of the Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribe, repatriating Mashantucket Pequot human remains and sacred objects, maintaining and protecting Mashantucket Pequot cemeteries, and assisting the Tribal Nation in better understanding Tribal, Federal, and State cultural resource management and historic preservation policy.  

Ms. Turnbull received a B.S. in Applied Indigenous Studies, Cultural Resource Management, and Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and an M.A. in Jurisprudence in Indian Law. Her work and experience focus on federal-Indian law and policy, tribal jurisdiction, environmental and social justice, and indigenous human rights law.


Join us virtually at 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, for a presentation by Peter Beinart, City University of New York, titled, "America and the World in the Biden Era." Register in advance for Peter's presentation here.