[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 48 (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14081-14083]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05333]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14839; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee: Meetings

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 1-16), of three meetings of the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review 
Committee). The Review Committee will meet on April 10, 2014, from 2 
p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. EDT via teleconference; November 20-21, 
2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in Washington, DC; and on 
December 11, 2014, from 2 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. EST via 
teleconference, if necessary. All meetings will be open to the public.

DATES: The Review Committee will meet on April 10, 2014; November 20-
21, 2014; and December 11, 2014, if necessary. For the April 10 
meeting, both public comment requests and accompanying materials, and 
requests for culturally identifiable information (CUI) disposition, 
must be received by February 24, 2014. For the November 20-21 meeting, 
public comment requests and accompanying materials must be received by 
October 6, 2014. Requests for CUI disposition must be received by 
September 15, 2014. Requests for findings of fact must be received by 
August 29, 2014. Requests to convene parties and facilitate the 
resolution of a dispute must be received by July 25, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet at the National Museum of the 
American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 20560, on November 20-21, 2014. Electronic submissions are to be 
sent to NAGPRA_info@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 1-16), of three 
meetings of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation 
Review Committee (Review Committee). 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.

Teleconference Meeting, April 10, 2014

    The Review Committee will meet on April 10, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 
approximately 6 p.m. EDT via teleconference. This meeting will be open 
to the public. Those who desire to attend the meeting should contact 
NAGPRA@rap.midco.net, between March 31, 2014, and April 8, 2014, to be 
provided the telephone access number for the meeting. The agenda for 
this meeting will include discussion of the Review Committee's Report 
to the Congress for 2014 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 and for public 
comment by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, 
Federal agencies, and the public. The agenda and materials for this 
meeting will be posted on or before March 10, 2014, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    The Review Committee is soliciting public comment 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 disputes 
reviewed by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(4). The 
Review Committee also will consider other public comment by Indian 
tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and 
the public. A public comment request must, at minimum, include an 
abstract of the presentation and contact information for the 
presenter(s). Public comment requests and presentation materials must 
be received by February 24, 2014.
    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 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

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land'' or ``aboriginal land'' provenience--go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, and then click on ``Request for CUI Disposition Forms.'' CUI 
disposition requests must be received by February 24, 2014.
    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 NAGPRA_info@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.

Meeting, November 20-21, 2014

    The Review Committee will meet on November 20-21, 2014, at the 
National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20560, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. This 
meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this meeting will 
include the finalization of the Review Committee Report to Congress for 
2014; discussion of the scope of the Report; National NAGPRA Program 
reports; and, if published, comments upon proposed regulations to 
revise 43 CFR part 10. 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; public comment 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 convened by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3006(c)(4). Presentation to the Review Committee by telephone may be 
requested but is not guaranteed. The agenda and materials for this 
meeting will be posted on or before October 20, 2014, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    The Review Committee is soliciting public comment 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 disputes 
reviewed by the Review Committee pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(4). The 
Review Committee also will consider other public comment by Indian 
tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, and 
the public. A public comment request must, at minimum, include an 
abstract of the presentation and contact information for the 
presenter(s). Public comment requests and presentation materials must 
be received by October 6, 2014.
    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 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 
Forms.'' CUI disposition requests must be received by September 15, 
2014.
    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 August 29, 2014.
    The Review Committee will consider requests, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3006(c)(4), to convene parties and facilitate the 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 the 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 the materials exchanged by the parties concerning the Native 
American human remains and/or other cultural items. Requests to convene 
parties and facilitate resolution of a dispute must be received by July 
25, 2014.
    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 NAGPRA_info@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.

Teleconference, December 11, 2014

    The Review Committee will also meet via teleconference on December 
11, 2014, from 2 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. EST, for the sole 
purpose of finalizing the Review Committee Report to Congress, should 
the report not be finalized by November 21. This meeting will be open 
to the public. Those who desire to attend the meeting should contact 
NAGPRA@rap.midco.net, between November 25 and December 2, 2014, to be 
provided the telephone access number for the meeting. A transcript and 
minutes of the meeting will also appear on the Web site.

General Information

    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.
    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 
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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 may 
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: March 5, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Designated Federal Officer, Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Review Committee.
[FR Doc. 2014-05333 Filed 3-11-14; 8:45 am]
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