Honor Keeler

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Honor Keeler

Honor Keeler (Cherokee Nation) is the Director of the International Repatriation Project, which she brought to the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) through a grassroots effort by the Working Group on International Repatriation, composed of Native Nations, tribal members, and others seeking to bring their Ancestors, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony home. Prior to working at the AAIA, Keeler was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Repatriation Coordinator at Wesleyan University where she taught classes centered upon tribal and federal Indian law, Indigenous international law, cultural resources protection, American Indian youth, and repatriation. She has also worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Indian Law Center, and Blackwell Sanders. Keeler received her A.B. from Brown University with Honors in Anthropology, and her J.D. and Indian Law Certificate at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she was graduated with clinical honors. In 2010, Keeler founded the International Repatriation Blog, and authored Indigenous International Repatriation (2012), an ASU law journal article, and A Guide to International Repatriation: Starting an Initiative in Your Community (2015). She has worked extensively with Indigenous Nations and others on the tribal, national, and international levels.

Honor Keeler was an apprentice learning Eastern Woodlands finger weaving in the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Year 16, 2013-2014

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