Update: Meet NAGPRA Coordinator Candidates, Nov. 6, 1-1:30 & 2-2:30 pm

November 3, 2023

You are invited to attend a virtual forum to meet the candidates for Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Repatriation Program Coordinator at Cal Poly Humboldt. 

The search committee encourages faculty, staff, students, administrators, Tribal representatives, and community stakeholders to attend, participate, and provide feedback. 

1:00-1:30, Cara Owings is a Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation citizen and cultural practitioner. She obtained her Master’s of Business Administration from Cal Poly Humboldt in strategic sustainability. Her undergrad, also completed at Humboldt, focused on Native American studies and Sociology. During her time on campus she was very involved in the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program. Cara served on the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation NAGPRA committee for multiple years. In this position she consulted with many institutions on proper cultural care and repatriation of sacred items and human remains. She is proud of the work she accomplished bringing her ancestors home and reclaiming sacred objects for her nation. She previously also served on the Humboldt Health Fund and Native Women’s Collective Board of Directors. She is a mother, involved community member and mental health advocate. Aside from spending time at home with her family, her pastimes include cooking, basketweaving, reading and crochet.
Updated Zoom link (Cara Owings): https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/86152814332   


2:00-2:30, Megan Watson has twelve years of experience conducting archaeological research in California. During her time at San Francisco State University (SFSU) she worked as a research assistant for the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) Program and gained a passion for repatriation work. Upon graduating with her Bachelor of Arts from SFSU, she completed 33 units of coursework in the Applied Anthropology Master’s Program at San Jose State University (SJSU), where she learned skills for working with living descendant communities and stakeholders. In the years since, she has worked with various Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served as Field Director on numerous archaeological excavations and has experience collaborating and consulting with tribal monitors and Most Likely Descendants. She has also served as Lab Director, managing large archaeological collections and directing staff in laboratory activities, including artifact analysis and curation preparation.
Updated Zoom link (Megan Watson) https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/85684177524  

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Questions? Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Marissa Ramsier, marissa.ramsier@humboldt.edu

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