[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 170 (Friday, August 31, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53228-53229]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21614]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11085; 2200-1100-665]


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee: Meeting

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a meeting of the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review 
Committee). This meeting will be open to the public. The agenda may 
include requests to the Review Committee for a recommendation to the 
Secretary of the Interior, as required by law, in order to effect the 
agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined to 
be culturally unidentifiable; presentations by Indian tribes, Native 
Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public; 
requests to the Review Committee, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 (c)(3), 
for review and findings of fact related to the identity or cultural 
affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the return of 
such items; and facilitation of the resolution of disputes among 
parties are convened by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 
(c)(4).

DATES: The Review Committee will meet on May 22-23, 2013. Presentation 
requests must be received by March 22, 2013. Requests for disposition 
or for findings of fact must be received by March 9, 2013. Requests to 
convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute must be received 
by February 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet in the History Colorado 
Center of the History Colorado Museum, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. 
Electronic submissions are to be sent to: Sherry_Hutt@nps.gov. Mailed 
submissions are to be sent to: Designated Federal Officer, NAGPRA 
Review Committee, National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program, 1201 
Eye Street NW., 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given in accordance with 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix (1988), of a 
meeting of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation 
Review Committee (Review Committee). The Review Committee will meet on 
May 22-23, 2013, in the History Colorado Center of the History Colorado 
Museum, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. This meeting will be open to 
the public.
    The agenda for this meeting will include the appointment of the 
subcommittee to draft the Review Committee's Report to the Congress for 
2013, and discussion of the scope of the Report; and National NAGPRA 
Program reports. In addition, the agenda may include requests to the 
Review Committee for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior, 
as required by law, in order to effect the agreed-upon disposition of 
Native American human remains determined to be culturally 
unidentifiable; presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian 
organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and the public; requests to 
the Review Committee, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 (c)(3), for review and 
findings of fact related to the identity or cultural affiliation of 
human remains or other cultural items, or the return of such items; and 
facilitation of the resolution of disputes among parties are convened 
by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006 (c)(4). The agenda 
and materials for this meeting will be posted on or before April 22, 
2013, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    The Review Committee is soliciting presentations by Indian tribes, 
Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and Federal agencies on the 
following two topics: (1) The progress made, and any barriers 
encountered, in implementing NAGPRA and (2) the outcomes of dispute 
resolution facilitated by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3006 (c)(4). The Review Committee also will consider other 
presentations by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, 
Federal agencies, and the public. A presentation request must, at 
minimum, include an abstract of the presentation and contact 
information for the presenter(s). Presentation requests must be 
received by March 22, 2013.
    The Review Committee will consider requests for a recommendation to 
the Secretary of the Interior, as required by law, in order to effect 
the agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined 
to be culturally unidentifiable (CUI). A CUI disposition request must 
include the appropriate, completed form posted on the National NAGPRA 
Program Web site and, as applicable, the ancillary materials noted on 
the form. To access and download the appropriate form--either the form 
for CUI with a ``tribal land'' or ``aboriginal land'' provenience or 
the form for CUI without a ``tribal land'' or ``aboriginal land'' 
provenience--go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, and then click on 
``Request for CUI Disposition Form.'' CUI disposition requests must be 
received by March 9, 2013.
    The Review Committee will consider requests, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3006 (c)(3), for review and findings of fact related to the identity or 
cultural affiliation of human remains or other cultural items, or the 
return of such items, where consensus among affected parties is unclear 
or uncertain. A request for findings of fact must be accompanied by a 
statement of the fact(s) at issue and supporting materials, including 
those exchanged by the parties to consultation concerning the Native 
American human remains and or other cultural items. Requests for 
findings of fact must be received by March 9, 2013.
    The Review Committee will consider requests, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3006 (c)(4), to convene parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute, 
where consensus clearly has not been reached among affected parties 
regarding the identity or cultural affiliation of human remains or 
other cultural items, or the return of such items. A request to convene 
parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute must be accompanied by a 
statement of the decision of the museum or Federal agency subject to 
the dispute resolution request, a statement of the issue and supporting 
materials, including those exchanged by the parties to consultation 
concerning the Native American human remains and or

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other cultural items. Requests to convene parties and facilitate 
resolution of a dispute must be received by February 3, 2013.
    Submissions may be made in one of three ways:
    1. Electronically, as an attachment to a message (preferred for 
submissions of 10 pages or less). Electronic submissions are to be sent 
to: Sherry_Hutt@nps.gov.
    2. By mail, on a single compact disc (preferred for submissions of 
more than 10 pages). Mailed submissions are to be sent to: Designated 
Federal Officer, NAGPRA Review Committee, National Park Service, 
National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th Floor (2253), 
Washington, DC 20005.
    3. By mail, in hard copy.

Such items are subject to posting on the National NAGPRA Program Web 
site prior to the meeting. Items submitted at the meeting are subject 
to posting after the meeting.
    Information about NAGPRA, the Review Committee, and Review 
Committee meetings is available on the National NAGPRA Program Web 
site, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra. For the Review Committee's meeting 
procedures, click on ``Review Committee,'' then click on 
``Procedures.'' Meeting minutes may be accessed by going to the Web 
site; then clicking on ``Review Committee'' and then clicking on 
``Meeting Minutes.'' Approximately fourteen weeks after each Review 
Committee meeting, the meeting transcript is posted for a limited time 
on the National NAGPRA Program Web site.
    The Review Committee was established in Section 8 of the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3006. Review Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of 
the Interior. The Review Committee is responsible for monitoring the 
NAGPRA inventory and identification process; reviewing and making 
findings related to the identity or cultural affiliation of cultural 
items, or the return of such items; facilitating the resolution of 
disputes; compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human 
remains that are in the possession or control of each Federal agency 
and museum, and recommending specific actions for developing a process 
for disposition of such human remains; consulting with Indian tribes 
and Native Hawaiian organizations and museums on matters affecting such 
tribes or organizations lying within the scope of work of the 
Committee; consulting with the Secretary of the Interior on the 
development of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and making 
recommendations regarding future care of repatriated cultural items. 
The Review Committee's work is carried out during the course of 
meetings that are open to the public.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: August 8, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Designated Federal Officer, Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Review Committee.
[FR Doc. 2012-21614 Filed 8-30-12; 8:45 am]
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