Law and Policy

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Congress passed NAGPRA in October 1990, and President George H. Bush signed the law on November 16, 1990. Read more about the law and its legislative history.

The Department of Interior issues regulations to interpret and implement the law. Regulations have the force and effect of law. Read the current regulations, previous versions, and explanatory preambles.

The National Park Service provides policy for complying with the law and regulations. Tools for complying with the law include:

  • Guidance documents for each step in NAGPRA compliance.
  • Databases providing detailed information on NAGPRA compliance.
  • Templates in MS Word format for complying with NAGPRA.
  • Reports on a variety of NAGPRA topics.

Last updated: April 26, 2024


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