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Agenda and Meeting Materials for the 63rd Review Committee Meeting

The National Park Service announces 2018 NAGPRA Grant Recipients

Minutes and Transcripts for the 62nd Review Committee Meeting

Report to Congress 2016

FY2016 National NAGPRA Program Report

Unclaimed Cultural Items from Federal Lands Sample List and List Templates

Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations - Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 (Federal Register, June 11, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 112, 33482) 

Review Committee Meeting Minutes and Transcripts (1992-current)

Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)

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A Quick Guide to NAGPRA

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Congratulations to New Committee Member

On October 10, 2018, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appointed Francis P. McManamon to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee for a four-year term. Dr. McManamon is the founding director of the Center for Digital Antiquity, an Arizona State University (ASU) center in the School for Human Evolution and Social Change. Before joining ASU in November 2009, Dr. McManamon served as the chief archeologist of the National Park Service and the departmental consulting archeologist for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Dr. McManamon was nominated by the American Alliance of Museums, American Anthropological Association, and Society for American Archaeology. We welcome the newest member to the Review Committee as we express our deep appreciation to LindaLee Kuuleilani Farm whose term expired in November 2017. On behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and the National NAGPRA Program, we commend Ms. Farm for her dedicated service on the Review Committee and the considerable time, thought, and effort she devoted to the NAGPRA process.


Secretary Zinke Appoints Three New Members to the NAGPRA Review Committee

On May 22, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of John Beaver, Honor K. Keeler, and Barnaby V. Lewis to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Committee. Read more...


On January 29, 2018, the President signed the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 (H.R. 984) extending Federal recognition to the following six tribal entities in Virginia, each of which is now an "Indian tribe" under NAGPRA: Chickahominy Indian Tribe, Chickahominy Indian Tribe - Eastern Division, Upper Mattaponi Tribe, Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., Nansemond Indian Tribe, and Monacan Indian Tribe.



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...

Interior Board of Indian Appeals In Re Federal Recognition of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgement of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Dissolution of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei

Bureau of Indian Affairs Federally-recognized Indian entities

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report 2011

GAO Report, July 28, 2010

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Solicitor's Memorandum regarding ANSCA, March 18, 2011

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

Request for Findings of Fact

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

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