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March 3-4, 2015: 54th NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA)

Requests must be received by the following due dates:

  • January 5, 2015 - Requests to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute
  • January 5, 2015 - Requests for findings of fact
  • January 16, 2015 - Requests for CUI disposition
  • February 2, 2015 - Public comment requests
  • February 17, 2015 - Agenda posted online

Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report - updated 11/20/14

Culturally Unidentifiable Inventories with No Indication of Mailing to Tribes Report - updated 11/12/14

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

On-Demand Webinars

Congratulations to New Committee Member

On November 13, 2014, the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell appointed Armand Minthorn to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee for a four-year term. Mr. Minthorn, a traditional Indian religious leader, was nominated by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Mr. Minthorn currently serves as Chairman of the Tribe's Cultural Resources Committee and serves as a representative to the Oregon Hanford Advisory Board. He previously served on the NAGPRA Review Committee from 1997 to 2004 and chaired the committee from 2000 to 2003. ​​We express our appreciation to all who were nominators, or nominees, for their interest in NAGPRA and the NAGPRA Review Committee.​
​We welcome the newest member to the Review Committee as we express our deep appreciation to Adrian John, whose term expired in late October.​ On behalf of all Department of the Interior staff whose work supports the National NAGPRA Program and the Review Committee, we commend Mr. John for the benefit he has brought to all NAGPRA constituents through the considerable time, thought, and effort he devoted to the NAGPRA process. Please join us all in Washington, DC, for the next meeting of the Review Committee on November 20 and 21, 2014.


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


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 For grant applications or grant-related questions,, and to submit notices For general inquries, contact


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, or for DFO to the Review Committee use 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.



Other News...

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Bureau of Indian Affairs Federally-recognized Indian entities - 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

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

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