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archive Feb 2011

Upcoming NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the NAGPRA Review Committee is scheduled for June 21-22, in Syracuse, NY, at the Grant Auditorium of the Syracuse University College of Law.  The College of Law is located on the campus of Syracuse University, and is sited below the intersection of Irving and Raynor Streets and next to the Carrier Dome.  The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day, but may conclude earlier if the Review Committee completes its agenda.  The meeting agenda will be posted on or before May  30.  Our hosts for the meeting are the Onondaga Nation, the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Syracuse University College of Law.

Click here for hotel information.

SAVE THE DATE -- The fall meeting will be November 8-9, 2011, at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, with rooms available at the Silver Legacy Reno and other Reno hotels. The Program sponsored training will be held on Nov. 7th. More information to follow.

REGISTER BY MARCH 11:  Government-to-Government Consultation on the NAGPRA Regulations

The National NAGPRA Program has scheduled a government-to-government consultation with Indian tribes on possible amendments to the NAGPRA regulations (43 C.F.R. Part 10). The telephonic consultation will be held on March 25, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. EDT. Depending on the length of the comments, the meeting could end earlier. A letter of invitation to the consultation has been sent to the tribal leader of every Indian tribe that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, along with a request that the tribal leader make the information in the letter available to his or her tribe. The March 25 consultation supports both Executive Order 13175-Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments and the President's Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the implementation of Executive Order 13175.

Indian tribal members wishing to attend the consultation may register by sending an email message to nagpra@rap.midco.net with "March 25 consultation" in the subject line. The body of the message will include the name, title, Indian tribal affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address for each person who will be listening on the same line. In return, registrants will receive an email confirmation of their registration and, prior to the consultation, information on accessing the consultation meeting. (Registrants should add nagpra@rap.midco.net to their Contacts list in order to avoid spam filters.)

Authorized representatives of Indian tribal governments who wish to speak at the consultation should indicate their wish to do so when they register to attend the consultation meeting, and also should identify the Indian tribe on whose behalf they intend to speak, as well as the section(s) of 43 C.F.R. Part 10 they intend to address. Requests to attend the consultation must be received no later than March 11.

Publication in the Federal Register of a notice announcing an upcoming telephonic consultation meeting on 43 C.F.R. Part 10 is pending. For that consultation meeting, registration to attend and to speak will be open to everyone.

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archive Mar 2011

REGISTER BY MAY 9: Consultation meeting on the NAGPRA regulations

On May 19, 2011, the National NAGPRA Program and the Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor will conduct a public, telephonic meeting to discuss the discretionary review of the NAGPRA regulations. The purpose of the meeting is to provide anyone who wishes with the opportunity to consult on whether the rules already codified at 43 C.F.R. Part 10 should be amended. The consultation meeting is scheduled from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Anyone wishing to attend the consultation meeting may register by sending an email message to nagpra@rap.midco.net with "May 19 consultation" in the subject line. In the body of the message, include the name, title, affiliation (tribe, institution, association, or agency), mailing address, telephone number, and email address for each person who will be listening on the same line. In return, registrants will receive an email confirmation of their registration, together with information on accessing the consultation meeting. (Registrants should add nagpra@rap.midco.net to their Contacts list in order to avoid spam filters.)

Anyone who wishes to speak at the consultation meeting should indicate their wish to do so when they register to attend. At the same time, they also should identify the party (if any) on whose behalf they intend to speak, as well as the section(s) of 43 C.F.R. Part 10 they intend to address.

All registrations for the consultation meeting must be received no later than May 9, 2011. For further information, contact David Tarler, at (202) 354-2108.

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archive May 2011

Review Committee Appointments

The National NAGPRA Program extends a sincere welcome to two new members of the NAGPRA Review Committee. Following careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior Salazar has appointed Alexander Wade Barker and LindaLee (Cissy) Kuuleilani Farm to four-year terms on the seven-member Review Committee,
effective April 28, 2011. The two new members were appointed by the Secretary from a list of seven nominees submitted by national museum organizations and scientific organizations.

Click here for more information on the two new members.

Alex Barker and Cissy Farm succeed Dan Monroe and Alan Goodman. On behalf of all Department of the Interior staff whose work supports the National NAGPRA Program and the Review Committee, we commend Messrs. Monroe and Goodman for the benefits they have brought to all NAGPRA constituents through the considerable time, thought, and effort they devoted to the NAGPRA process.

SAVE THE DATE -- The fall meeting will be November 8-9, 2011, at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, with rooms available at the Silver Legacy Reno and other Reno hotels. The Program sponsored training will be held on Nov. 7th. More information to follow.

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archive June 2011

JULY 1 Deadline For Comments in Anticipation of the Discretionary Review of the NAGPRA Regulations

Fifteen years have passed since the initial regulations implementing NAGPRA became effective. During that time, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and Federal agencies have acquired considerable practical experience in NAGPRA compliance. The Department of the Interior wishes to take advantage of that accumulated experience in a first-ever discretionary review of the current NAGPRA regulations. The purpose of the review is in order to address two questions: (1) Based on 15 years of use, do the rules currently codified at 43 C.F.R. Part 10 need any amendments, such as (but not limited to) corrections, clarifications, or refinements?; and (2) If the answer is yes, then how should the rules be amended?

In anticipation of the review, the National NAGPRA Program and the Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor conducted individual listening sessions with Federal agency-wide and department-wide NAGPRA coordinators, Indian tribal governments, and the entire public. During those sessions, several speakers addressed the questions presented. Their comments will be considered during the review. At this time, anyone who wishes to address the questions presented and to have their comments considered during the review may do so through July 1, by sending your comments to David Tarler, at david_tarler@nps.gov.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on NAGPRA on June 16, 2011, at 2:15 pm. For more information, visit http://indian.senate.gov/hearings/.

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archive July 2011

Amendment to NAGPRA Regulations 43 CFR 10.2(b)(2) published as an interim final rule on July 5.

The amended rule deletes the regulatory definition of "tribe," to bring the rules consistent with the statute. Per statute, Alaska corporations are not tribes eligible for benefits under NAGPRA. Alaska Corporations can still participate in consultation and work together with tribes on grants and repatriations.

NAGPRA Review Committee Meeting, November 8-9, 2011, Reno, Nevada
NAGPRA Basics Training on November 7

The Fall meeting of the Review Committee will be on November 8-9, at the National Judicial College, in Reno, Nevada (click here for a location map). The meeting will be preceded, on November 7, by a Program-sponsored NAGPRA Basics training (registration for this training is required; click here for the registration form). Specially priced hotel rooms in Reno are still available at the Silver Legacy Resort, located approximately 1 mile from the National Judicial College. An agenda will be posted on the National NAGPRA Program website approximately one month prior to the meeting. Materials for the meeting will also be available on the website prior to the meeting.

National NAGPRA Notice Coordinator Jaime Lavallee to Head Back to Law School

Jaime Lavallee (Muskeg Lake Cree) has been the Notice Coordinator for the National NAGPRA Program since March 2005. She has been accepted into the prestigious Doctor of Law program (SJD) in Indigenous People's Law and Policy at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson. Jaime has studied law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (J.D., 2000) and the Rogers College of Law (LL.M, 2003). She has worked on Indigenous human rights both domestically and internationally. During her time with the National NAGPRA Program Jaime worked successfully to eliminate the backlog of notices pending publication, streamlined the process for all notices, developed tracking procedures to tie notices to inventories for better record keeping and reports, and she published over 800 notices with museums and Federal agencies, bringing the total of all published notices over 2,000. The notices published during Jaime’s tenure account for over 10,000 individuals being eligible for a transfer of control. In addition, Jaime gave NAGPRA training for 100s of participants annually. In acknowledging her accomplishments in contribution to the National NAGPRA Program, Dr. Stephanie Toothman, NPS Associate Director for Cultural Resources and Science, extended to Jaime all of our wishes that she enjoy her time in study and return as a Doctor of Law to an engaging career at the National Park Service.

Jaime's last day in the National NAGPRA Program will be August 5. Those interested in following Jaime at the National NAGPRA Program should check the Federal government jobs site, www.usajobs.gov, in late July, early August for an announcement. The National NAGPRA Program anticipates filling the notice position by October 1, 2011. In the intervening time, all notices should continue to be submitted and questions can be sent to NAGPRA_info@nps.gov. A temporary notice coordinator will be handling notices until the candidate is selected.

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archive Sep 2011

The Department of the Interior (DOI) Report addressing Recommendations 1 and 2 of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled Native American Graves Protection and Protection Act: After Almost 20 Years, Key Federal Agencies Still Have Not Fully Complied With the Act (Report No. GAO-10-768) can be viewed here.

 

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archive Nov 2011

Upcoming Review Committee Meeting

The Spring meeting of the Review Committee will be on May 9-10, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A block of rooms at a group rate of $83.00 are being held at the La Fonda on the Plaza hotel, 100 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. The group rate will be honored 3 days pre- and post convention dates, based upon availability. For additional information, please visit the Review Committee page.

 
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