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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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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.