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Law, Regulations, and Guidance

A number of resources are available to assist museums, agencies, and Native American communities in carrying out NAGPRA. For additional information regarding the specialized terms used in NAGPRA, see the NAGPRA Glossary. The NAGPRA Basics Training is one of the resources available on-demand. The training covers the background of NAGPRA, the consultation and decision making process, notices, grants, and civil penalties. Sign up to be notified of future notifications of updates to the Law and Regulations page.


Law and Regulations
(Current)

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq. [Nov. 16, 1990] PDF or Text
  • 43 CFR 10 - Text
  • Reserved sections of the NAGPRA regulations
  • Agency Information Collection Activities: 30-Day Notice of Intention to Request Clearance of Collection of Information [Aug. 20, 2012] PDF or Text

Secretarial Orders

  • Secretarial Order 3261 [Jul. 7, 2005] PDF


Summaries, Inventories, and Notices


Excavations and Inadvertent Discoveries

  • 43 CFR 10 Subpart B Overview (Excavations and Inadvertent Discoveries) PDF
  • Inadvertent Discoveries on Tribal Lands - Overview PDF
  • Inadvertent Discoveries on Federal Lands - Overview PDF
  • Intentional Excavations on Tribal and Federal Lands - Overview PDF
  • Priority of Custody/Ownership Flowchart [43 CFR 10.6 and 25 U.S.C. 3002(a)] PDF
  • Cultural Affiliation PDF
  • Plan of Action Checklist PDF
  • Comprehensive Agreement Checklist PDF
  • NAGPRA Section 3 and the Requirements of ARPA PDF
  • Comparison of NAGPRA, ARPA, and NHPA Section 106 PDF

Consultation


Legislative History (including Preambles)

  • US House Report 101-877 [Oct. 15, 1990] PDF or Text
  • US Senate Report 101-473 [Sep. 26, 1990] PDF or Text

Regulatory History (including Preambles)

  • Proposed Regulations, 43 CFR 10 [May 28, 1993] PDF or Text
  • Regulations, 43 CFR 10 (includes preamble) [Dec. 04, 1995] PDF or Text
  • Interim Civil Penalties Rule, 43 CFR 10.12 [Jan. 13, 1997] PDF or Text
  • Correcting amendments to final regulations [Aug. 01, 1997] PDF or Text
  • Final Civil Penalties Rule, 43 CFR 10.12 (includes preamble) [April 3, 2003] PDF or Text
  • Correction to the Final Civil Penalties Rule [Jul. 3, 2003] PDF or Text
  • Proposed Rule, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations -- Future Applicability, 43 CFR 10.13 [Oct. 20, 2004] PDF
  • Final Rule, Technical Amendment 43 CFR 10 [Sep. 30, 2005] Text or PDF
  • Correcting Amendment, 43 CFR 10 [Apr. 3, 2006] PDF or Text
  • Future applicability Final Rule, 43 CFR 10.13 [Mar. 21, 2007] PDF or Text
  • Proposed Rule, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations--Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains, 43 CFR 10, [Oct. 16, 2007] PDF or Text
  • Final Rule, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations--Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains, 43 CFR 10, [Mar. 15, 2010] PDF
  • Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations-- Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 [July 5, 2011] PDF
  • Proposed Rule, 43 CFR 10 [April 18, 2012] PDF
  • Final Rule, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations [May 8, 2013] PDF
  • Proposed Rule, Disposition of Unclaimed Human Remains and Other Cultural Items
    Discovered on Federal Lands After November 16, 1990
    [Oct. 29, 2013]
  • Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations - Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 [June 11, 2014)

    Congressional Oversight and Proposed Amendments

U.S. Senate

  • May 10, 1993 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, S. Hrg 103-198 (Not available)
  • Dec. 6, 1995 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, S. Hrg 104-356
  • Jul. 30, 1996 Markup of S. 1983 (Not available)
  • Apr. 20, 1999 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, Witness list
  • Jul. 25, 2000 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, Witness list
  • Sep. 9, 2002 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding S. 2598, S. Hrg 107-258
  • Oct. 11, 2004 Indian Affairs Committee regarding S. 2843, S. Hrg 108-406
  • Dec. 8, 2004 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, S. Hrg 108-768
  • May 12, 2005 Indian Affairs Committee regarding S. 536, S. Hrg 109-67
  • Jul. 28, 2005 Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing, Witness list

U.S. House of Representatives

 
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