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January-December 2010


January 22, 2010: In the last few weeks, the National NAGPRA Program received many calls and questions regarding the skull posted for auction. It now appears that at this time, the items have been removed from sale. When we receive questions on actions such as this, we refer them to the proper authorities.

January 28, 2010: The National NAGPRA Program will deploy the Native American Consultation Database (NACD) to a new server effective February 1, 2010. It can still be accessed through our main website by selecting "Online Databases" from the menu on the right-hand side of the page, then clicking "Native American Consultation Database".

A new feature of NACD is the ability view the search results in pdf, which means it can be saved as a pdf file to your computer or another location. In addition to a more streamlined look to NACD, information such as NAGPRA contacts have been updated. However, some information may still be out of date.

To change your contact information as it appears in NACD, send a letter with the new contact information to National NAGPRA. The letter must be an original (no photocopies, please) on tribal letterhead, signed by an authorized tribal official.

January 29, 2010:
To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of NAGPRA, the National NAGPRA Program is spearheading with partners a two-day symposium assessing the impact of NAGPRA on tribes, museums and Federal agencies. NAGPRA at 20 will be a forum to remember the past, the circumstances in which NAGPRA was created, to consider the present, by looking at both best practices and challenges that we face today, and to consider the issues and challenges that will shape the future of NAGPRA and repatriation generally. A planning group is currently seeking input regarding the content and format of sessions as well as speakers for the symposium. Click here for further information including preliminary session descriptions.

February 1, 2010: National NAGPRA Launches the NACD on a New Server Beginning Feb.1

The National NAGPRA Program will deploy the Native American Consultation Database (NACD) to a new server effective February 1, 2010. It can still be accessed through our main website by selecting "Online Databases" from the menu on the right-hand side of the page, then clicking "Native American Consultation Database". A new feature of NACD is the ability view the search results in pdf, which means it can be saved as a pdf file to your computer or another location. In addition to a more streamlined look to NACD, information such as NAGPRA contacts have been updated. However, some information may still be out of date. To change your contact information as it appears in NACD, send a letter with the new contact information to National NAGPRA. The letter must be an original (no photocopies, please) on tribal letterhead, signed by an authorized tribal official.

March 1, 2010:

NATIONAL NAGPRA LAUNCHES THE ONLINE CULTURALLY AFFILIATED INVENTORIES DATABASE

On March 1, 2010, the National NAGPRA Program will launch the online Culturally Affiliated Native American Inventories Database summarizing data from museums and Federal agencies that have NAGPRA compliance obligations. This database represents an extensive tool of reference for anyone wishing to have a snapshot on the current status of many of the Native American human remains that have been culturally affiliated as a result of consultation with tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. All individuals on this database should be represented in a Notice of Inventory Completion.

The database can be accessed through our main website by selecting "Online Databases" from the menu on the right-hand side of the page, then clicking "Culturally Affiliated Inventories Native American Database". This user-friendly database allows a search by state or area, museum or agency, or by present-day culturally affiliated tribes. A couple features of the database are the ability to filter the search, and the option to view and to save the results in PDF.

Two other online databases, the Summaries Database and the Notice of Intended Disposition (NID) Database, are currently being developed. By posting summaries on a public access database, Indian tribes will have easily accessible information on those Federal agencies and museums that list them as having an interest in items. The database should foster consultation and inform claims decisions of Indian tribes, as well as provide information to museums of similar collections. The NID Database will complete the disclosure and public access of the NAGPRA compliance documents for public use, with new discovery information.

We welcome your suggestions and comments on the databases as they are unveiled in the next few months.

March 15, 2010: CUI RULE PUBLISHED MARCH 15

The reserved section of the NAGPRA regulations, 10.11, the disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains, published on Monday, March 15, as a final rule.

Read the press release.

The rule will be effective on May 14, 2010. During the 60 days, the public may submit additional comments on the rule to Regulations.gov. The comments will thereafter be considered as to whether amendment to the rule is appropriate.

The National NAGPRA Program is offering a webinar prior to the comment deadline, which includes a training on the rule.

AT A GLANCE: 43 CFR 10.11 - Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Native American Human Remains

 

April 1, 2010: Notices of Intended Disposition (NID) Database Available Online

The National NAGPRA Program has launched in April 2010 the online Notices of Intended Disposition (NID) Database. This database completes the disclosure and public access of the NAGPRA compliance documents for public use, with new discovery information.  A Notice of Intended Disposition is published in newspapers by the Federal agency official responsible for cultural items excavated or removed from Federal lands. Such notification is required pursuant to 43 CFR 10.7 (c). The Federal agency official sends copies of published Notices of Intended Disposition to the National NAGPRA Program.  

The database can be accessed through our main website by selecting "Online Databases" from the menu on the right-hand side of the page, then clicking "Notices of Intended Disposition Database". This user-friendly database allows a search by state or area, and by museum or agency. The results can be viewed and saved in PDF.

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**The deadline to submit a presentation for the May 14th Review Committee Meeting has been extended until April 29, 2010.**

DEADLINE APPROACHING:  April 9, to Request Time For a Review Committee Presentation

During the May 14 teleconference meeting, the Review Committee desires your comments on successes and barriers encountered in NAGPRA. Please submit your presentations by April 9, to David Tarler, at David_Tarler@nps.gov.

Click here for Notice on Upcoming NAGPRA Review Commee Meetings

-UPCOMING WEBINAR IN JUNE: What do tribes need to consider when starting a NAGPRA repatriation program? In this webinar, Starting a Repatriation Program: What Every Tribe Should Know, scheduled for June 23, we will review the various elements including staff, equipment, volunteers, training and other resources needed to start and maintain a successful repatriation program. Read entire description here.

-Templates are now available for Notices of Inventory Completion for culturally unidentifiable inventories (CUI) of Native American human remains from tribal or aboriginal land, as outlined under 43 CFR 10.11 (also called the "CUI rule").

Click here for Notices of Inventory Completion templates.

June 1, 2010: NAGPRA for Museums Webinar

This webinar, scheduled for July 28, will review the obligations of museums under NAGPRA, with an emphasis on policies and procedures, consultation, and the NAGPRA notice process. READ MORE

June 13, 2010: Skibine Issues a Final Determination to Acknowledge the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, NY

WASHINGTON - Acting Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs George T. Skinbine on June 13, 2010, issued a final determination that affirms the proposed finding of December 15, 2009. READ MORE

July 1, 2010: National NAGPRA Databases

As anticipated, the online Culturally Affiliated Native American Inventories Database is now fully populated. It was initially launched in March when it was only 25% complete. READ MORE

Scheduled to launch in August is the Summaries Database. Each record will contain the name of the tribe(s) receiving a copy of a summary from a museum or Federal agency. READ MORE

For further information on National NAGPRA Databases, contact Mariah Soriano at (202) 354-2205 or email nagpra_info@nps.gov.

August 1, 2010: Most recently launched in August is the Summaries Database. By posting summaries on a public access database, Indian tribes will have easily accessible information on those Federal agencies and museums that list them as having an interest in items. The database should foster consultation and inform claims decisions of Indian tribes, as well as provide information to museums of similar collections.

Oct 1, 2010: NAGPRA at 20 Symposium, November 15 -16, 2010, Washington, DC

To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of NAGPRA, the National NAGPRA Program is spearheading with partners a two-day symposium assessing the impact of NAGPRA on tribes, museums and Federal agencies. Registration is closed. Symposium Information.

Date: November 15-16, 2010
Hosted by: the George Washington University in partnership with NPS, NMAI, and others
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium
George Washington University Campus
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052    

Nov. 1, 2010: The National NAGPRA Program cordially invites you to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation 20th Anniversary Celebration. A reception will follow film and presentations.

Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building
Sidney Yates Audiorium
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC

November 16, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

National Park Service Director Jonathon Jarvis will provide an opening address, followed by remarks from featured speakers Walter Echo-Hawk (attorney and Native American activist), Dan Monroe (Director of the Peabody Essex Museum), Rosita Worl (Director of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and Chair of the NAGPRA Review Committee), and Patricia Zell (Partner of Zell & Cox Law).

 

Nov. 3, 2010: Review Committee Appointment

Following careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior Salazar has appointed Mr. Adrian John to a four-year term on the seven-member NAGPRA Review Committee, effective October 28, 2010. He will occupy one of the two positions on the Review Committee reserved for a traditional Indian religious leader. Mr. John succeeds Ms. Donna Augustine (Thunderbird Turtle Woman). More information.

 

 
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