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January-December 2012


archive Jan 2012

Melanie O’Brien joins National NAGPRA as Notice Coordinator

On January 3, 2012, Melanie O’Brien joined the National NAGPRA Program as the Notice Coordinator. Melanie received an M.A. in Public History from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in History from Carleton College (Minnesota). In her career as a public historian, she has worked as an archivist, author, curator, oral historian, and docent at various museums and historical societies in Chicago, Minnesota, and her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked on a PBS environmental science series, taught university courses and co-authored a local history text. For the last eight years, she managed a high volume of documents and research as part of the tribal trust litigation, where she conducted extensive research on the history and land-use areas of Native American tribes. Senior managers in the Department of the Interior, who formed the interview/selection panel, were impressed with Melanie’s ability to communicate with various audiences and her experience handling a large volume of technical and sensitive documents. 
The National NAGPRA Program appreciates the efforts of Alayna Rasile, who, as interim Notice Coordinator, kept the publication momentum going. Alayna will work with Melanie to ensure a smooth transition. Notice submissions are running three times as high as this time last year.


Upcoming Webinar

 The National NAGPRA Program will offer a webinar: What Difference Does It Make?: NAGPRA Inventories, Summaries, and Federal Register Notices (Registration deadline is Friday, March 16) on March 22, 2012. For description of this webinar, instructions for registration, and updates on additional training events, please go the Training page on the National NAGPRA Program website.


Upcoming Review Committee Meeting

The Spring meeting of the Review Committee will be on May 9-10, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A block of rooms at a group rate of $83.00 are being held at the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel, 100 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. The group rate will be honored 3 days pre- and post convention dates, based upon availability. For additional information, please visit the Review Committee page.


Upcoming Training

The Spring meeting of the Review Committee will be preceded by NAGPRA training on May 8. The NAGPRA Basics training is offered at no charge. Space is limited so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Training page to download the form.


archive Feb 2012

Upcoming Training Opportunities

March 22 - Webinar: What Difference Does it Make? NAGPRA Inventories, Summaries & Notices. Registration is full. 
April 24 - NPI training: Databases, Summaries, Inventories, and Notices, Denver, CO, register at available) 
April 25 - NPI training: Determining Cultural Affiliation, Denver, CO, register at (scholarships available) 
May 8 - NAGPRA Basics Training prior to the Review Committee meeting, Santa Fe, La Fonda Hotel send registration form to 
May 22-23 - NPI training: Writing and Managing a Successful Grant, Santa Fe, NM, register at and travel grants available)



archive Apr 2012

Minor Amendments to NAGPRA Regulations

On April 18, 2012, minor amendments to the NAGPRA regulations published in the Federal Register. Comments on these amendments will be received through June 18, 2012. After consideration of the comments, the amendments will be processed within the Department of the Interior to become final. A further notice will publish of the final amendments.


archive May 2012

National NAGPRA Launches On-Demand NAGPRA Training Video Series

The National NAGPRA Program is excited to announce the launch of its YouTube Channel, the channel now features eight training videos covering the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and its implementing regulations. In addition to an in-depth treatment of the law, the videos include grant-writing tips, first-person narratives, and program statistics. The eight segments in the series, which are available on-demand, are titled:

NAGPRA Notices 
NAGPRA Grants 
Consultation under NAGPRA 
Decision-making under NAGPRA 
NAGPRA Civil Penalties 
NAGPRA Review Committee 
The Development of NAGPRA 

In the course of producing the video series, the National NAGPRA Program conducted fifty interviews with Indian tribe and Native Hawaiian organization members, museum and scientific organization officials, Federal agency representatives, and cultural heritage stewards in ten cities nationwide. These interviews in themselves comprise an important archive for studying the history of NAGPRA. If you experience any problems using the new channel, or have suggestions about how to maximize its use, please contact us at


archive Sep 2012

Upcoming Webinar

 The National NAGPRA Program will offer a webinar on September 13: National NAGPRA Databases: An Overview. The registration deadline is Friday, September 7. For description of this webinar, instructions for registration, and updates on additional training events, please go theTraining page on the National NAGPRA Program website.

Periodic Renewal of NAGPRA Regulations

The exchange of information required under the NAGPRA regulations must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget every three years. Accordingly, the National Park Service had until August 31, 2012, to publish in the Federal Register two notices of request for an extension of the currently approved collection of information under these regulations. This spring, NPS published a first notice, along with a request for comments on the time and expense involved with certain NAGPRA compliance activities. The comment period closed in May. After considering the comments received, NPS published a second notice and request for comments on August 20. Written comments in response to this second notice are to be sent directly to OMB by September 19. Until OMB completes its review of the request, the information collection requirements remain in force. The three-year extension of an approved collection of information begins to run from the date of renewal.


archive Oct 2012

Solicitation of NAGPRA Review Committee Nominations Due January 24, 2013

Two notices soliciting NAGPRA Review Committee nominations for two positions were published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2012. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint two members, one member fromnominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders, and one member from nominations submitted by national museum and scientific organizations. The deadline for receipt of both nominations is January 24, 2013.

FY13 NAGPRA Grant Guidelines and Application Now Available Online

If your tribe or museum is considering a NAGPRA Grant in the coming year, now is the time to begin planning. Go to Application Guidelines and Forms.

  • Oct. 1, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013 - Draft project proposal submissions for pre-review assistance
  • March 6, 2013 - Deadline to submit applications for project proposals
  • July 9, 2013 - Target date for grant award announcements
  • Oct. 1, 2012 - June 15, 2013 - Period in which to request noncompetitive repatriation grants
  • TBA - webinar, grants training

Questions? Contact

Note: Availability of grants is subject to Congressional appropriation. The process for grant fund dispersals is subject to anticipated Federal Budget Management Systems inauguration in FY 13.


archive Nov 2012

Upcoming Webinar in December

In this webinar, The Ingredients of a Successful NAGPRA Grant Application, you will learn about the NAGPRA grants program, review the FY2013 Consultation/Documentation grant application, and find out about new resources available on the NAGPRA Program’s website to assist you in preparing your grant request. Click here to register.

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