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Program Calendar of Events
Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report - updated 9/30/14
Culturally Unidentifiable Inventories with No Indication of Mailing to Tribes Report - updated 10/28/14
Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations - Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 (Federal Register, June 11, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 112, 33482)
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) AGENDA and Meeting Materials
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
Melanie O’Brien has been appointed to serve as the Acting Program Manager of the National NAGPRA Program and Designated Federal Official for the NAGPRA Review Committee. Melanie will work with the Review Committee to prepare for and conduct the 53rd meeting of the NAGPRA Review Committee in Washington, DC, on November 20 and 21. Please direct any questions you have about the meeting to NAGPRA_dfo@nps.gov.
The 53rd NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting will take place on November 20-21, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. On November 18, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, the NAGPRA Basics training will be presented in the same location, and from 2:30pm until 4:30pm, those who wish to meet individually with the trainers and the National NAGPRA Program staff are invited to do so.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For general inquries, contact NAGPRA_info@nps.gov.
A Note From the National NAGPRA Program Manager, Sherry Hutt, on Her Retirement
I will retire from federal service at the end of September. 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.
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.