Join our mailing list!
We'll notify you of meetings, trainings, and other new developments in National NAGPRA.
Mailing list archive
Dec. 6, 2016: 61st Review Committee Meeting (telephonic) REGISTER HERE
Requests must be received by the following due dates:
- Sep. 27 - CUI disposition requests
- Oct. 25 - Presentation requests (materials)
- Nov. 1 - Written comments
- Nov. 8 - Agenda posted online
Sep. 13, 2016: 60th Review Committee Meeting (telephonic)
Review Committee Report to Congress 2015
Unclaimed Cultural Items from Federal Lands Sample List and List Templates
Minutes and Transcripts for the 58th Review Committee Meeting
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)
Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube
A Quick Guide to NAGPRA
What's New in Training
Upcoming NPI Seminars
NAGPRA Basics Training
Solicitation of NAGPRA Review Committee Nominations Due September 26, 2016
A notice soliciting nominations for one member of the NAGPRA Review Committee was published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2016. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. The nominee must be a traditional Indian religious leader.The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 26, 2016. Click here to read the Federal Register notice.
NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation and Repatriation Grants Awarded
Thirty-four NAGPRA grants were awarded to 14 tribes and 14 museums. View the press release.
Congratulations to New Committee Member
On May 6, 2016, the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell appointed Lauren Peters to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. View the press release.
Upcoming Review Committee Meetings
December 6, 2016: The Review Committee will meet, if necessary, via teleconference on December 6, 2016, from 2 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. (Eastern). The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on or before November 8. REGISTER HERE
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.