Public Lands, Private Hands: Exploration and Exploitation of the American West
May 6, 2019 · Lewis Arts Complex
Princeton Environmental Institute
The multi-site exhibition, “Public Lands, Private Hands: An Exhibition Depicting the Exploration and Exploitation of the American West,” will be open Monday, May 6, through Monday, May 13, in the Lewis Arts Complex CoLab and the Princeton University Art Museum Works on Paper Study Room. The exhibition will continue to be open at the art museum on weekends through June 9.
There will two public events:
Wednesday, May 8, 5 p.m. Lewis Arts Complex CoLab
Native American tribal leaders and community activists from Utah Dine Bikeyah — a Native American-led grassroots organization instrumental in protecting Bears Ears — and the Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, Navajo, Acoma and Delaware Tribes will speak about the status of Bears Ears National Monument — which was drastically reduced in 2017 — and their relationship with their sacred lands. They will be joined by author Terry Tempest Williams.
Thursday, May 9, 9 a.m. Lewis Arts Complex CoLab
The roundtable discussion, “Repatriation: A Local and Global Conversation,” will address the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and be led by Honor Keeler, assistant director of Utah Dine Bikeyah, and India Rael Young, writer, curator and art historian.
The exhibition and events are sponsored by PEI with additional funding provided by the Princeton University Art Museum, University Center for Human Values, Humanities Council, the Projects Board, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Davis International Center.