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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: Nomination Solicitation (Federal Register, April 8, 2014, Vol. 79,
No. 67, 19355)
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:
- July 25 - Requests to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute
- Aug. 29 - Requests for findings of fact
- Sept. 15 - Requests for CUI disposition
- 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
NAGPRA Repatriation Grants
The National NAGPRA Program announces that 2014 NAGPRA repatriation grant applications will be accepted until August 15. Museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply for these grants. To submit a repatriation grant application, or for further questions, please contact NAGPRA_grants@nps.gov.
Recently, the National NAGPRA Program produced a report identifying the museums and Federal agencies that have listed culturally affiliated human remains in inventories, but have not listed them in notices of inventory completion. Those individuals should be listed in notices. In addition, certain human remains of individuals have been listed in notices, but have not been claimed by any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization. The affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations named in a notice are eligible to receive physical possession of the human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony listed in the notice, and the costs of physical transfer can be funded by a NAGPRA repatriation grant.
Solicitation of NAGPRA Review Committee Nominations Due July
The notice soliciting nominations for one member of the NAGPRA
Review Committee was published in the Federal Register on April 8,
2014. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the member from
nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and
traditional Native American religious leaders. The
deadline for receipt of nominations is July 7, 2014. Nominations may be scanned and submitted as
attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.