Air Force Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review and Summary, 2019
ERDC Champaign United States
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The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act NAGPRA, 1990 provides a process for museums and federal agencies to return certain Native American cultural items to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian Organizations. Inventories, Summaries, and other repatriations were to have been completed by 1993. Most federal agencies have not met this requirement. This report identifies human remains, associated and unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony in possession or control by Air Force installations before November 16, 1990, and the disposition of cultural items discovered after November 16, 1990. Cultural resource needs assessment reports from the 1990s, the federal NAGPRA database, and installation reporting through recent data calls were used to compile the status of NAGPRA for the Air Force. Several installations have yet to confirm their NAGPRA record of activities to resolve conflicting information in the data. Also, base closures, realignment into Joint Bases, and curation in offsite facilities, have created a need for continuity in reporting where archeological resources reside. Since installations have clarified much of this information, a nearly complete record of NAGPRA was compiled. Overall, full NAGPRA compliance within the U.S. Department of Air Force is within reach.
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