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Program Calendar of Events

What's New?

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

Requests must be received by the following due dates:

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

Culturally Affiliated Inventories Not in Notices Report - updated 12/2/14

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

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

Jan. 15, 2 p.m. EST:
NAGPRA Grant Administration

Upcoming NPI Seminars

On-Demand Webinars

Important Notice to Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Museums with an Active NAGPRA Grant

On January 15, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the National NAGPRA Program and the State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division of the National Park Service will present a webinar. This webinar, NAGPRA Grant Administration, is exclusively for the 2014 recipients of a Consultation/Documentation Grant or a Repatriation Grant, and for NAGPRA grantees who currently are managing a NAGPRA grant. Every 2014 grantee must attend this webinar. We strongly recommend that all grantees who are managing an active NAGPRA grant attend this webinar, too. Register now


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. Read more... ​​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


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




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...

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report 2011

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Bureau of Indian Affairs Federally-recognized Indian entities

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

Frequently Asked Questions
Law and Regulations
Online Databases
Documents and Publications
Review Committee
Special Topics
Civil Penalties
Contact National NAGPRA
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