Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Changes Proposed to NAGPRA Regulations

The Department of the Interior is proposing several minor changes to the regulations that implement the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAPGRA).  The proposed changes would correct minor inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the regulation.

One example of a proposed revision is adding known lineal descendents to the list of parties who are to be notified of an inadvertent discovery of Native American human remains, funerary objects, and sacred objects on federal land.  Another revision would clarify the exceptions to the requirements for repatriation.

More information is available at  Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through 18 June 2012.

Changes Proposed to NAGPRA Regulations
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