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Minutes and Transcripts for the 53rd and 54th Review Committee Meetings
Program FY2014 Final Report
Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report - updated 3/17/15
Culturally Unidentifiable Inventories with No Indication of Mailing to Tribes Report - updated 3/19/15
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
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 Basics Training
Upcoming NPI Seminars
Solicitation of NAGPRA Review Committee Nominations Due June 2, 2015
A notice soliciting NAGPRA Review Committee nominations for three positions were published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2015. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the members from nominations submitted by national museum organizations and national scientific organizations. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 2, 2015. Click here to read the notice.
New Acting Manager for National NAGPRA
Mariah Soriano, who has been the National NAGPRA Program's web and database coordinator since August, 2008, has assumed the role of acting manager of the National NAGPRA Program, effective March 5. She replaces Melanie O'Brien, who served as the acting manager since October. Many thanks to Ms. O'Brien for her outstanding service during her 120-day detail. Ms. O’Brien will resume her duties as the Program notice coordinator.
Extension of a Currently Approved Collection of Information
NAGPRA requires museums to compile certain information (summaries, inventories, and notice) and to provide that information to the National NAGPRA Program. The National Park Service invites comments on this information collection. To comment or find more information on this issue, see the Notice published in the Federal Register on February 17, 2015. Comments must be received before April 20, 2015 .
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.