The Department of the Interior is currently leading a discretionary review of the current Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations.  The purpose of the review is 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 corrections, clarifications, or refinements?; and (2) If the answer is ‘yes,’ then how should the rules be amended?

The deadline to submit comments is 1 July 2011.  Comments should be sent to David Tarler at david_tarler@nps.gov.

Also of note, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be holding an oversight hearing on NAGPRA on 16 July 2011 at 2:15 pm.