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Minutes and Transcripts for the 59th Review Committee Meeting

Dec. 6, 2016: 61st Review Committee Meeting (telephonic) REGISTER HERE
Requests must be received by the following due dates:

  • Oct. 25 - Presentation requests (materials)
  • Nov. 1 - Written comments
  • Nov. 8 - Agenda posted online

Sep. 13, 2016: 60th Review Committee Meeting (telephonic)
Agenda and Meeting Materials

Review Committee Report to Congress 2015

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)

Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube

A Quick Guide to NAGPRA

What's New in Training

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming NPI Seminars

NAGPRA Basics Training

Upcoming Webinar in October

The National NAGPRA Program will offer a webinar, NAGPRA Grant Administration session number 642 726 215, on October 25, 2016. For a description of this webinar, instructions for registration, and updates on additional training events, please go the Training page on the National NAGPRA Program website.


NAGPRA Grants Awarded

Four NAGPRA grants were awarded to 2 tribes and 2 museums. 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


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.




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

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

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