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The National Park Service announces the 2019 NAGPRA Grant Recipients

Minutes and Transcripts for the 64th Review Committee Meeting

FY2018 National NAGPRA Program Report

Report to Congress 2016

Unclaimed Cultural Items from Federal Lands Sample List and List Templates

Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations - Definition of ``Indian Tribe", 43 CFR 10 (Federal Register, June 11, 2014, Vol. 79, No. 112, 33482) 

Review Committee Meeting Minutes and Transcripts (1992-current)

Final Rule on NAGPRA Regulations (Federal Register, May 9, 2013, Vol. 78, No. 90, 27078-27084)

Watch Us On National NAGPRA Channel YouTube

A Quick Guide to NAGPRA

What's New in Training

Upcoming NPI Seminars

NAGPRA Basics Training

Secretary Bernhardt Has Reappointed Armand Minthorn to the NAGPRA Review Committee

On August 20, 2019, the Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt reappointed Armand Minthorn to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee for a two-year term. Mr. Minthorn was nominated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and is a traditional Indian religious leader. Mr. Minthorn's previous term on the Review Committee was from 2014 to 2018, during which time he chaired several meetings. More information on the Review Committee, including the agenda for the upcoming meeting, can be found on the National NAGPRA Program website under Review Committee.


October 30, 2019: On October 16, 2019, a Federal Register notice was published announcing a meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Committee. The Review Committee will meet via teleconference on October 30, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). This meeting will be open to the public. Those who desire to listen to the meeting should register here.

The agenda will include discussion of the Review Committee's annual report to Congress, requests for disposition of Native American human remains, and public comment. The Review Committee values and carefully considers public and written comments. Public comments should be appropriate and relevant to the Review Committee's responsibilities, and should provide information and insight to the Review Committee on issues in NAGPRA implementation. As the Review Committee will be discussing its annual report to Congress at this meeting, deadlines will be strictly enforced to allow sufficient time for review.

October 2, 2019 - materials posted

Note: As time allows, open public comments will be heard. Every effort will be made to honor public comment requests made by the September 27 deadline. Please submit requests to



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.


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Interior Board of Indian Appeals In Re Federal Recognition of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgement of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Dissolution of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei

Bureau of Indian Affairs Federally-recognized Indian entities

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report

Department of Interior Response to the GAO Report 2011

GAO Report, July 28, 2010

DOI Policy on Consultation with Indian Tribes

Solicitor's Memorandum regarding ANSCA, March 18, 2011

For matters related to the Native Hawaiian community, visit The Office of Hawaiian Relations

Culturally Unidentifiable Native American Inventories and Culturally Affiliated Native American Inventories Databases

Journeys to Repatriation: 15 Years of NAGPRA Grants (1994-2008)

Culturally Affiliated Native American Human Remains Not Published In Notices Report

State Burial Laws Project

Notices of Inventory Completion Templates

Request for CUI Disposition Forms

Request for Findings of Fact

Templates and Sample Documents

Guidance on alleging that a museum has failed to comply with NAGPRA

to Potentially Aggrieved Parties Alleging a Museum has failed to comply with the requirements of NAGPRA

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