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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS The American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City hired heather ahtone (Choctaw-Chickasaw) as its senior curator. ahtone previously served as the James T. Bialac asso- ciate curator of Native American and non-Western art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma. She recently earned her doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. Representatives of Oklahoma City, the state of Oklahoma, and the Chickasaw Nation negotiated land agreements in February and construction of the museum is scheduled to resume this summer. MUSEUMS The Royal BC Museum in Victoria contributed CAD $500,000 to its repa- triation program that will assist First Nations in repatriating items of cultural patrimony and works of intangible cultural heritage, such as sound record- ings. The head of the museum’s First Nations Department and Repatriation Program, Lucy Bell (Haida), founded the Haida Heritage and Repatriation Society and has helped repatriate more than 500 Haida ancestors back to their communities. The Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, appointed Jami Powell (Osage Nation) as its first associate curator of Native American art. Powell received her doctoral degree in anthro- pology this spring from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She taught as a faculty lecturer at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Remai Modern, which opened in 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hired Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree-Siksika) as an adjunct curator. He will serve on the muse- um’s international advisory committee and above Jami Powell, PhD (Osage Nation), associate curator of Native American art at the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire. will assist in public programming develop- ment. An acclaimed curator who served as art director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, McMaster is a professor of Indigenous visual culture and critical curatorial studies at OCAD University. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory, and Interpretation. The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust donated $2.5 million to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, to fund a new curatorial position for the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art and related projects. The museum’s curator, Eva Fognell, became the first Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of American Indian Art. The trust will contribute an additional $1 million in 2019 toward an art acquisition fund. Fognell has worked at the Fenimore Art Museum since 2002. She earned her master’s degree in museum studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Collectors Kathy and Phillip Power have enabled the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor to develop the Power Family Program for Inuit Art. The couple donated their collection of 200 hundred works of Inuit art, valued at $2.5 million, and a $2 million gift to create this Inuit art program and endow it indefinitely. GALLERIES & ART CENTERS above American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, view from the west, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 16 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM The Epcot Center’s American Heritage Gallery at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will feature Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art. This long-term exhibition of Native American art was curated in