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Program Calendar of Events
Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)
NAGPRA Review Committee Report to Congress 2012
Grants: New Financial Information
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November 6-7, 2013 : 50th NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (Mount Pleasant, MI)
Requests must be received by the following due dates:
- July 12, 2013 - Requests to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute
- August 16, 2013 - Requests for findings of fact
- August 30, 2013 - Requests for CUI disposition
- September 20, 2013 - Public comment requests
- October 7, 2013 - Agenda posted online
December 5, 2013 : 51st NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting, 2:00-4:00p.m. EST (teleconference)
- November 20, 2013 - Agenda posted online
What's New in Training
TBD Navigating the Intersection Between NAGPRA and Section 106
Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations Published in the Federal Register
Since 1995, minor inaccuracies or inconsistencies in 43 CFR Part 10 have been identified by or brought to the attention of the Department. On April 18, 2012, we published in the Federal Register proposed amendments to provide for factual accuracy and consistency throughout 43 CFR Part 10. Those amendments are now final. A comprehensive set of amendments is still in progress. Click here to read the final rule.
Secretary Jewell Has Appointed Two To The NAGPRA Review Committee
As one of her first acts as Secretary of the Interior, Secretary Sally Jewell reappointed Dr. Sonya Atalay to the museum and science nominee position for a two year term, and Attorney Steve Titla, San Carlos Apache religious leader to the tribal religious leader position for an initial four year term.
We congratulate the new members of the NAGPRA Review Committee on their appointment, and express our appreciation to all who were nominators, or nominees, for their interest in NAGPRA and the NAGPRA Review Committee.
Solicitation of NAGPRA Review Committee Nominations Due July 15, 2013
The notice soliciting nominations for one member of the NAGPRA Review Committee was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2013. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. The deadline for receipt of nominations is July 15, 2013. Read more...
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted on November 16, 1990, to address the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. The Act assigned implementation responsibilities to the Secretary of the Interior. Staff support is provided by the National NAGPRA Program, including:
- Publishing notices for museums and Federal agencies in the Federal Register,
- Creating and maintaining databases, including the Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains Inventories (CUI) Database,
- Making grants to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations in fulfilling NAGPRA,
- Assessing civil penalties on museums that fail to comply with provisions of the Act,
- Providing staff support to the NAGPRA Review Committee and for the Annual Report to Congress,
- Providing technical assistance to Federal agencies where there are excavations and discoveries of cultural items on Federal and Indian lands,
- Promulgating implementing regulations, and
- Providing technical assistance through training, website information, reports prepared for the Review Committee, supporting law enforcement investigations and direct personal service.
The National Park Service has compliance obligations for parks, separate from the National NAGPRA Program. National NAGPRA is the omnibus program, the constituent groups of which are all Federal agencies, museums that receive Federal funds, tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and the public.