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National Preservation Institute

The National NAGPRA Program has partnered with the National Preservation Institute (NPI) to offer in-depth training on various issues related to NAGPRA implementation. Open to Federal agencies, museums, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and others interested in NAGPRA, these trainings are designed to provide participants with practical knowledge and tools needed to support their NAGPRA efforts.

Through a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the National Preservation Institute, scholarships and travel grants are available through NPI, as long as funds are available, for the NPI training seminars listed below.

Direct all inquiries to the National Preservation Institute at 703.765.0100 or
info@npi.org.

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Scholarships

Staff and volunteers who work on NAGPRA programs for Native Hawaiian organizations and Federally recognized Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages) may apply for scholarships to attend any NPI seminar listed below. An organization or tribe may apply to send up to two scholarship recipients to each seminar. Staff who work for museums with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less may apply for scholarships to attend NAGPRA Essentials and NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals. A museum may apply to send up to two scholarship recipients to each seminar.

To apply for a scholarship and travel grant, click here.

NOTE: Staff and volunteers of organizations, tribes, or museums whose active NAGPRA consultation/documentation grant includes dedicated training funds are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Travel Grants

Travel grants may be available for scholarship recipients attending NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals. Payment in the amount of $500 per scholarship recipient will be made out to the attendee's Native Hawaiian organization, Indian tribe, or museum after completion of the training seminar; there are no exceptions to this payment schedule. The organization is responsible for any reimbursement of the attendee's travel costs using these funds. An organization, tribe, or museum may receive only one $500 travel grant.

Seminars

Description: Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes and mutual gains negotiation during consultation to resolve problems and develop win-win solutions. Through interactive exercises and role plays, learn to understand conflict management styles, practice negotiation skills, and design a stakeholder consultation process to address issues in a timely manner and prevent conflict from escalating.

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Description: Review the historical context and intent of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Learn how these laws apply to the treatment, repatriation, and disposition of Native American cultural items and to the protection of archaeological resources on Federal and tribal lands. Examine differences in legal definitions, when and how regulations apply, and permit requirements. Discuss practical applications and effective strategies for developing agreements prior to ground-disturbing actions.

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Description: Review the compliance process for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, Federal agencies, and museums. Explore how consultation can inform inventories, summaries, and cultural affiliation, and the resulting notices, repatriations, and dispositions.

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Description: The National NAGPRA Program offers grants to assist museums and Indian tribes with the compliance process under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The NAGPRA process may include consultation and documentation regarding human remains and cultural items, and their repatriation or disposition. Learn how to assess the needs of a NAGPRA program, identify fundable projects, and write successful NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation and Repatriation grant proposals.

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Description: Learn about environmental impact analysis, cultural resource management, and historic preservation responsibilities and relationships. Assess practical applications for effectively integrating the analyses required by the National Environmental Policy Act, related environmental regulations, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Description: Review the Federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate Federal policies and practice. Consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. Learn how the consultation process enables, tribes, Federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution.

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Description: Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities -- how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws.

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Description: This advanced seminar focuses on memoranda of agreement and programmatic agreements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Learn how to survive and thrive during the agreement process through careful analysis, clear writing, and good negotiation. Review the available tools, guidelines, alternatives -- and non-alternatives -- to reach a favorable conclusion to the process.

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Last updated: February 23, 2021