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Tribal Consultation on draft regulations

Date Released: 2021-07-09
Updated: 2021-08-04


The Department of the Interior is planning to propose updates to its Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations at 43 CFR part 10. Tribal leaders and Native Hawaiian Community leaders are invited to consult on the draft proposal prior to publication. Consultation sessions are scheduled for August 9, 13, and 16 with Indian Tribes and August 17 for Native Hawaiian community leaders. See Consultations and Listening Sessions Schedule.

A draft proposed rule for discussion during consultation is available here: The Regulations. Following tribal consulation, the Department plans to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for public comment in October 2021, as noted in the current OMB Regulatory Agenda.


Seeking Nominations to the NAGPRA Review Committee

Date Released: 2021-06-09

The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for one member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Committee). The Secretary of the Interior will appoint one member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, or traditional Native American religious leaders. The nominee must be a traditional Indian religious leader. Nominations must be received by August 9, 2021. Find out more in the Federal Register notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2021-12022

Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt appointed Dr. Shelby Tisdale and Dr. C. Timothy McKeown to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee on June 4, 2020. Dr. McKeown and Dr. Tisdale will each serve a four-year term on the Review Committee.

Dr. McKeown is a Washington, DC-based repatriation consultant, providing research, training, and counsel nationally and internationally. He also teaches at Central European University and Australian National University. From 1990-2019, Dr. McKeown worked for the Department of the Interior, 18 years of which were with the National Park Service responsible for national implementation of NAGPRA, including drafting regulations, developing the grants and civil penalty programs, providing training, and supporting the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, including serving as the committee’s Designated Federal Official for four years.

Dr. Tisdale is director of the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, and has 40 years of experience in museums, including collections stewardship and NAGPRA compliance; anthropological, Tribal museum, and cultural resource management consulting; and university teaching. Dr. Tisdale has been actively involved in repatriation for over 37 years, helping to develop a proposed repatriation policy for the School of American Research (now the School for Advanced Research) in 1985.

The Review Committee monitors, reviews, and assists in the implementation of certain requirements of the Act. The committee faces a challenging set of tasks, ranging from assisting in the resolution of disputes, to advising the Secretary of the Interior on specific action for disposition of certain Native American human remains. Learn more about the Review Committee.

Other members of the committee include Mr. John Beaver, Ms. Honor Keeler, Mr. Barnaby Lewis, Dr. Francis McManamon, and Mr. Armand Minthorn. Members of the seven-person committee are appointed by the Secretary to serve two- to four-year terms. The Secretary receives nominations from Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, traditional Native American religious leaders, and national museum and scientific organizations.

Date Released: 2020-06-18

Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt appointed Dr. Shelby Tisdale and Dr. C. Timothy McKeown to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee on June 4, 2020. Dr. McKeown and Dr. Tisdale will each serve a four-year term on the Review Committee. Other members of the committee include Mr. John Beaver, Ms. Honor Keeler, Mr. Barnaby Lewis, Dr. Francis McManamon, and Mr. Armand Minthorn. Members of the seven-person committee are appointed by the Secretary to serve two- to four-year terms. The Secretary receives nominations from Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, traditional Native American religious leaders, and national museum and scientific organizations. For the full press release, click on the title above.

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