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O’Loughlin nominated to NAGPRA review committee

O’Loughlin Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, an attorney and Chair of the Indian Nations Law and Policy Practice Group at the law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP in Washington DC, was nominated by the Choctaw Nation, the Seneca Nation and the Tonawanda Seneca Nation to the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell appointed Shannon to the Review Committee in September 2013.

The NAGPRA Review Committee monitors the implementation of repatriation activities of museums and the federal government, hears disputes between museums and Indian Nations, and reports to Congress about repatriation matters pursuant to NAGPRA. Shannon was raised in southeastern Oklahoma and her family is from the area around Clear Lake, south of Idabel. Her grandmother Roseann Pitts (Willis) would take Shannon around the Choctaw Nation and show her old gravesites and other important historical areas. Shannon has been involved in repatriation as an attorney fighting against auction houses and other institutions for the return of ancestral remains and important cultural items. She also represents Indian Nations and Tribes in other legal matters.