Fossil Dispossession of Sioux Lands (Free Hybrid Lecture)

By Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Fossils have been taken from Sioux lands without consent starting in the 1800s. In this free talk, Dr. Bradley covers this history, offering solutions to disputes between Tribes and paleontologists.

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Thursday, March 30 6pm – 7pm

Ages: Adults.

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Geological Lecture Hall

24 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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Lawrence Bradley, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography/Geology, University of Nebraska-Omaha

The continental interior of the United States—home to many Native American communities—is a region rich in fossils. Since the nineteenth century, fossils found on Native lands have been removed and placed in museums and universities without the consent of, or proper collaboration with Native Tribes. Lawrence Bradley will discuss the history of fossil dispossession from Sioux lands and the legal frameworks—or lack of—that allowed it to occur. He will also examine the role that fossils taken from these lands have played in establishing vertebrate paleontology as a scientific discipline in the United States. Finally, he offers an approach to solving past and present disputes between Tribes and paleontologists.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Image credit: Bill Sitzman | Motion Photography