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Resources for Tribes, Native Alaskan Villages

and Corporations, and Native Hawaiian

Organizations

NAGPRA provides a process through which lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations (also referred to as "Indian tribes" in NAGPRA), and Native Hawaiian organizations may claim culturally affiliated human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

Learn More About NAGPRA
Working with Federal Agencies
Working with Museums and Repositories
Working with the National NAGPRA Program
Additional Resources and Tribal Organizations


Learn More About NAGPRA

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and its implementing regulations contain many specialized terms and requirements, and apply to United States museums and Federal agencies.


Working with Federal Agencies

Under NAGPRA, Federal agencies are required to consult government-to-government with Indian tribes in addition to carrying out the inventory, summary, and repatriation provisions of NAGPRA. Federal agencies also have special NAGPRA responsibilities when Native American human remains and objects are discovered on Federal and tribal lands.


Working with Museums and Repositories
NAGPRA requires museums to complete inventories and summaries of Native American cultural items in their collections, and to repatriate Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.

  • Notices of Inventory Completion are published by museums and document their determinations regarding the cultural affiliation of Native American human remains and associated funerary objects.
  • Notices of Intent to Repatriate are published by museums and document their determinations regarding the cultural affiliation and identification of unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.
  • Contaminated Collections. Institutions are required to notify the recipients of repatriations of any presently known treatments used on cultural items.
  • Grants. NAGPRA documentation and repatriation grants are available to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.


Working with the National NAGPRA Program

The National NAGPRA program is available to provide technical assistance in all aspects of the NAGPRA process.

  • Regional consultations for the development of 43 CFR 10.7 (Disposition of unclaimed human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony) are in progress.
  • Grants. National NAGPRA administers the NAGPRA grants program, and can provide assistance during the proposal writing process.
  • Native American Consultation Database (NACD). Your tribal contact information is available for review on NACD, which is maintained by National NAGPRA.
  • Review Committee. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee facilitates the resolution of repatriation disputes and considers requests for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains. National NAGPRA provides staff support to the Review Committee.
  • Contact National NAGPRA


Additional Resources and Tribal Organizations

A variety of information related to NAGPRA and tribal cultural resource preservation is available.

 

 
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