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Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations - Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 (Federal Register, June 11, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 112, 33482) 

Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report

Culturally Unidentifiable Inventories with No Indication of Mailing to Tribes Report

NAGPRA Review Committee Report to Congress 2013

National NAGPRA Program FY2013 Final Report

November 20-21, 2014: 53rd NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC)

Requests must be received by the following due dates:

  • Oct. 6 - Requests for public comment and presentation materials
  • Oct. 20 - Agenda posted online

December 11, 2014: NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (2 p.m.-4 p.m. EST, telephonic)

Review Committee Meeting Minutes and Transcripts (1992-current)

Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)

Grants: New Financial Information

Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube

A Quick Guide to NAGPRA

What's New in Training

On-Demand Webinars

When communicating with the National NAGPRA Program, any Review Committee matters should be sent to NAGPRA_dfo@nps.gov. For grant applications or grant-related questions, NAGPRA_grants@nps.gov, and to submit notices waso_nagpra_notices@nps.gov. For general inquries, contact NAGPRA_info@nps.gov.

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A Note From the National NAGPRA Program Manager, Sherry Hutt

I will retire from federal service at the end of this month. The duties of manager, DFO to the Review Committee and other functions will be reassigned by NPS.  The remaining staff will continue in their normal duties.  To contact National NAGPRA please use NAGPRA_info@nps.gov, or for DFO to the Review Committee use NAGPRA_dfo@nps.gov. It has been an honor to lead this program and to work with the many program constituents in tribes, museums, federal agencies and the public. Questions on program policy coverage and the next Review Committee meetings should be directed to NPS, 202-208-7625.  Thank you all for your many efforts in the last decade to move forward in the NAGPRA process.

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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.

 

 

Other News...

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Bureau of Indian Affairs list of federally recognized tribes - published in the Federal Register Jan. 29, 2014

List of --
(a) Indian tribes for purposes of carrying out NAGPRA, and
(b) Native Hawaiian organizations that have appeared in notices

For matters related to the Native Hawaiian community, visit The Office of Hawaiian Relations

Culturally Unidentifiable Native American Inventories and Culturally Affiliated Native American Inventories Databases

Journeys to Repatriation: 15 Years of NAGPRA Grants (1994-2008)

Culturally Affiliated Native American Human Remains Not Published In Notices Report

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report

State Burial Laws Project

Notices of Inventory Completion Templates

Request for CUI Disposition Forms

Forms, Templates, and Sample Documents

Guidance on alleging that a museum has failed to comply with NAGPRA

Letter
to Potentially Aggrieved Parties Alleging a Museum has failed to comply with the requirements of NAGPRA

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