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Minutes and Transcripts for the 56th Review Committee Meeting

December 14, 2015: 58th NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (teleconference)

November 18-19, 2015: 57th NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (Norman, OK) Register here

Requests must be received by the following due dates:

  • Oct. 14 - Requests for presentation requests and accompanying materials
  • Oct. 28 - Agenda posted online

NAGPRA Review Committee Report to Congress 2014

Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report - updated 8/5/15

Culturally Unidentifiable Inventories with No Indication of Mailing to Tribes Report - updated 6/3/15

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

Review Committee Meeting Minutes and Transcripts (1992-current)

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

Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube

A Quick Guide to NAGPRA

What's New in Training

NAGPRA Basics Training

Upcoming NPI Seminars

On-Demand Training

The Secretary of the Interior is responsible for promulgating regulations to carry out NAGPRA, and the National NAGPRA Program is responsible for drafting these regulations. On October 29, 2013, the Department of the Interior published a proposed rule on unclaimed cultural items removed from Federal lands after November 16, 1990, to be codified at 43 CFR § 10.7. In September 2014, the National NAGPRA Program announced that this rule would be published again as proposed, as part of a revision of the entire set of NAGPRA regulations (43 CFR Part 10). In early 2015, both the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks asked the National NAGPRA Program to prepare the rule on unclaimed cultural items for publication as a final rule, prior to the publication of a proposed revision of 43 CFR Part 10. In response, the National NAGPRA Program drafted a final rule on unclaimed cultural items and submitted it to the Department of the Interior for review and publication. There is no estimated date for publication of the final rule at this time.


NAGPRA Grants Awarded to 2 Indian Tribes and 1 Museum

Three NAGPRA repatriation and consultation grants were awarded to 2 tribes and 1 museum. View the press release.


Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgement of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

On July 8, 2015, the Department of the Interior published a notice that the Assistant Secretary —Indian Affairs has determined to acknowledge the Pamunkey Indian Tribe (Petitioner #323) as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. The Pamunkey decision is final and effective on October 6, 2015, if no request for reconsideration is filed. On the effective date of the acknowledgement, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe will be entitled to be on the list of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. Museums and Federal agencies should review the requirements under the NAGPRA regulations at 43 CFR 10.13(c) related to a newly Federally recognized Indian tribe.


NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation and Repatriation Grants Awarded

Thirty-seven NAGPRA grants were awarded to 15 tribes and 16 museums. View the press release.


Melanie O'Brien Selected as Manager, National NAGPRA Program

Melanie O’Brien has been selected as the manager for the National NAGPRA Program. Ms. O'Brien will serve as the Designated Federal Officer to the NAGPRA Review Committee, provide technical assistance to museums and Federal agencies, and administer grants to assist in NAGPRA implementation. View the press release.


Upcoming NAGPRA Review Committee Meetings

November 18-19, 2015: The NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting is scheduled for November 18-19, 2015, at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino, 1554 State Highway 9, Norman, OK, 73072. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on or before October 28. Read the Federal Register notice. Register for the meeting here.
A block of rooms at a group rate of $83 are being held at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 2601 Bankers Ave., Norman, OK, 73072. The group rate has a cutoff date of November 2, 2015. When making reservations, please call 405-307-0919 and reference NAGPRA

December 14, 2015: The Review Committee will also meet via teleconference on December 14, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. EST, for the sole purpose of finalizing the Review Committee Report to Congress, should the report not be finalized by November 19. Read the Federal Register notice. This meeting will be open to the public. Those who desire to listen to the meeting should register at A transcript and minutes of the meeting will also appear on the web site.




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...

Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgement of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Dissolution of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei

Bureau of Indian Affairs Federally-recognized Indian entities

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report 2011

GAO Report, July 28, 2010

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Solicitor's Memorandum regarding ANSCA, March 18, 2011

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

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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