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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)
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Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)
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Secretary Jewell Has Appointed Three to the NAGPRA Review Committee
On November 9, 2015, the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell appointed Heather Hecht Edgar, LindaLee (Cissy) Farm, and Patrick D. Lyons to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. Read more...
Promulgation of Department of the Interior Regulations
43 CFR 10.7, Unclaimed Human Remains, Funerary Objects, Sacred Objects, or Objects of Cultural Patrimony
The Department of the Interior has issued a final regulation for unclaimed human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony. These regulations only apply to NAGPRA cultural items that have been excavated or discovered on, and removed from, Federal lands after November 16, 1990, and whose disposition of ownership or control under 25 U.S.C. 3002(a) and 43 CFR 10.6 has not occurred. Until such time as a rule is promulgated, Federal agencies must retain the unclaimed cultural items. This final rule allows for the legal and physical repose of these unclaimed human remains and other cultural items to occur, by providing guidance on their disposition.
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.