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Native American Graves Protection and

Repatriation Review Committee


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. Ms. Peters is the Alaska Native Advisor to the Fort Ross Conservancy in California.  Ms. Peters is an enrolled member of, and was nominated by, the Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove. We express our appreciation to all who were nominators, or nominees, for their interest in NAGPRA and the NAGPRA Review Committee.

We welcome the newest member to the Review Committee as we express our deep appreciation to Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, who resigned from the Review Committee when she became a Federal employee in May 2015.   On behalf of all Department of the Interior staff whose work supports the National NAGPRA Program and the Review Committee, we commend Ms. O’Loughlin for the benefit she brought to all NAGPRA constituents through the considerable time, thought, and effort she devoted to the NAGPRA process. More information on the Review Committee, including the agenda for the upcoming meeting, can be found on the National NAGPRA Program website under Review Committee.

Public Roundtable and Open Forum

July 12, 2016: A Public Roundtable and Open Form will be held in conjunction with the Review Committee meeting. The Forum will include panel discussions and an open networking session for NAGPRA practioners to meet and share experiences. The Forum will be held at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown on July 12 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Upcoming Review Committee Meetings

July 13-15, 2016: The Review Committee will meet on July 13-July 14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.(Mountain) and July 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Mountain), at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, 200 South Pattee St., Missoula, MT 59802.  Rooms will be available at the government rate of $136 on a first-come, first-served basis.  When making reservations, please call 406-721-8550 and reference "NAGPRA Meeting" or book online at NAGPRA Meeting booking link (link not mobile compatible). The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on or before June 15. Click here for the meeting flyer.

September 13, 2016: The Review Committee will meet via teleconference on September 13, 2016, from 2 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. (Eastern). The agenda and meeting materials are now available. REGISTER HERE

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

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 leadersThe 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.



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