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Program Calendar of Events
NAGPRA Review Committee Report to Congress 2013
National NAGPRA Program FY2013 Final Report
April 10, 2014: NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (2 p.m.-6 p.m. EDT, telephonic)
- Mar. 10 - Agenda posted online
November 20-21, 2014: NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC)
Requests must be received by the following due dates:
- July 25 - Requests to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute
- Aug. 29 - Requests for findings of fact
- Sept. 15 - Requests for CUI disposition
- Oct. 6 - Requests for public comment and presentation materials
- Oct. 20 - Agenda posted online
December 11, 2014: NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting (2 p.m.-6 p.m. EST, telephonic)
Review Committee Meeting Minutes and Transcripts (1992-current)
Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)
Grants: New Financial Information
Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube
A Quick Guide to NAGPRA
What's New in Training
March 27, 1:30-3p.m. EDT: A Demonstration of the National NAGPRA Program Databases
April 24, 2-4 p.m. EDT: NAGPRA Notices: Types, Process, & Content
Deadline for submission of 2014 NAGPRA Grant Applications Extended
Due to the repeated snow days in DC, causing an inability of the National NAGPRA Program to respond quickly to numerous requests for pre-application assistance, the deadline for submission of NAGPRA Grant applications for 2014 is moved back to Monday, March 17. Submissions are preferred by email to NAGPRA_grants@nps.gov.
FY14 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, 2013 - Mar 3, 2014 - Draft project proposal submissions for pre-review assistance
March 17, 2014 - Deadline to submit applications for project proposals
May 2014 - Target date for grant award announcements
Oct. 1, 2013 - June 2, 2014 - Period in which to request noncompetitive repatriation grants
Feb. 2014 - webinar, grants training
Questions? Contact NAGPRA_grants@nps.gov
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 fiscal year 2014.
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted on November 16, 1990, to address the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. The Act assigned implementation responsibilities to the Secretary of the Interior. Staff support is provided by the National NAGPRA Program, including:
- Publishing notices for museums and Federal agencies in the Federal Register,
- Creating and maintaining databases, including the Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains Inventories (CUI) Database,
- Making grants to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations in fulfilling NAGPRA,
- Assessing civil penalties on museums that fail to comply with provisions of the Act,
- Providing staff support to the NAGPRA Review Committee and for the Annual Report to Congress,
- Providing technical assistance to Federal agencies where there are excavations and discoveries of cultural items on Federal and Indian lands,
- Promulgating implementing regulations, and
- Providing technical assistance through training, website information, reports prepared for the Review Committee, supporting law enforcement investigations and direct personal service.
The National Park Service has compliance obligations for parks, separate from the National NAGPRA Program. National NAGPRA is the omnibus program, the constituent groups of which are all Federal agencies, museums that receive Federal funds, tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and the public.