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NOVEMBER 1, 2022
Auger selected for Indigenous
Leadership Academy fall cohort
PHOENIX – Grand Ronde Trib-
al Elder Simone Auger has been
selected for Arizona State Uni-
versity’s Indigenous Leadership
Academy fall cohort through the
university’s American Indian Poli-
Her selection, along with 26 oth-
er Indigenous leaders from across
the country, was announced at an
Indigenous Peoples Day celebration
on Monday, Oct. 10, at Desert Bo-
tanical Garden in Phoenix.
The fall cohort represents 15
Tribes from eight states and Wash-
“All participants demonstrated a
strong passion for working with and
for Indigenous communities,” an
American Indian Policy Institute
press release stated. “Some topics
that the participants are passionate
about are behavioral health, broad-
band, civic engagement, education,
health care, missing and murdered
Indigenous women and people,
and youth, just to name a few. We
are excited to have such a diverse
group of participants. The AIPI is
delighted to see what wonderful
things this cohort will accomplish.”
Auger, 60, lives in Washington,
D.C., where she works as a legisla-
tive assistant for Oregon Rep. Kurt
“As a congressional staffer, Sim-
one manages a diverse portfolio of
issue areas consisting of Tribal is-
sues, natural resources, agriculture
and education,” the release stated.
“She advocates for the legislative
priorities of the office, supports
advancement of legislation in her
issue areas and serves as an advisor
on Tribal issues.”
Prior to her current role, Auger
was the 2020 Spirit Mountain
Community Fund Hatfield Fellow.
The fellowship program provides an
opportunity for a Native American
from one of Oregon’s nine federal-
ly recognized Tribes to work for a
member of the Oregon congressio-
nal delegation in Washington, D.C.
Auger has a master’s of Interior
Architecture from the University of
Oregon and a professional certifi-
cate in Tribal relations from Port-
land State University. She serves
on the Tribal Employment Rights
Office Commission and chairs the
Tribal Housing Grievance Board.
She also serves on the board of
directors for Competency and Cre-
dentialing Institute, a professional
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior announced
on Thursday, Oct. 13, that it was releasing proposed revisions to the
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
The act’s regulations provide a process for returning human re-
mains, funerary and sacred object, or objects of cultural patrimony to
Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian organizations.
The proposed changes would streamline requirements for museums
and federal agencies to inventory and identify human remains and
cultural items in their collections.
“The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is
an important law that helps us heal some of the more painful times
in our past by empowering Tribes to protect what is sacred to them,”
said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “These
changes are long overdue and will strengthen our ability to enforce
the law and help Tribes in the return of ancestors and sacred cultural
The Interior Department consulted with 71 Tribes and Native
Hawaiian organizations on the draft proposal and received more
than 700 comments. Feedback is included in the following proposed
revisions that include:
• Strengthening the authority and role of Tribes and Native Hawaiian
organizations in the repatriation process;
• Addressing barriers to timely and successful disposition and repa-
• Documenting and addressing requests of Tribes and Native Ha-
waiian organizations when human remains or cultural items are
discovered on federal or Tribal lands before items are further dis-
• And increasing transparency and reporting of holdings or collec-
Enacted in 1990, the act requires museums and federal agencies
to identify Native American human remains, funerary items and
objects of cultural significance in their collections and collaborate
with Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to repatriate them.
The public can comment on the proposed rule chances until Jan.
12, 2023, at www.regulations.gov.