[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 114 (Monday, June 15, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34169-34170]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14551]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-18434; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP15.R50000]


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee: Meeting

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Meeting 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 two meetings of the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review 
Committee). The Review Committee will meet on November 18-19, 2015, in 
Norman, OK, and if necessary, via teleconference, on December 14, 2015. 
All meetings will be open to the public.

DATES: The Review Committee will meet November 18-19, 2015, 8:30 a.m. 
until 5:00 p.m. (Central), and if necessary, on December 14, 2015, from 
2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. (Eastern). For the November 
meeting, presentation requests and accompanying materials must be 
received by October 14, 2015; requests for culturally unidentifiable 
(CUI) disposition must be received by September 9, 2015; requests for 
findings of fact must be received by August 26, 2015; and requests to 
convene parties and facilitate the resolution of a dispute must be 
received by July 22, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet on November 18-19, 2015, at 
the Riverwind Hotel and Casino, 1544 State Highway 9, Norman, OK 73072. 
Electronic submissions of materials or requests are to be sent to 
nagpra_dfo@nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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.

November 18-19, 2015

    The Review Committee will meet on November 18-19, 2015, at the 
Riverwind Hotel and Casino, Norman, OK, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
(Central). This meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this 
meeting will include a report from the National NAGPRA Program; the 
discussion and possible finalization of the Review Committee Report to 
Congress for 2015; subcommittee reports and discussion; and other 
topics related to the Review Committee's responsibilities under Section 
8 of NAGPRA. In addition, the agenda may include requests to the Review 
Committee for a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior that an 
agreed-upon disposition of Native American human remains determined to 
be culturally unidentifiable proceed; presentations by Indian tribes, 
Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, associations, 
and individuals; public comment; 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 28, 2015, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.

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    The Review Committee is soliciting presentations from 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 presentations from Indian 
tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, Federal agencies, 
associations, and individuals. A presentation request must, at minimum, 
include an abstract of the presentation and contact information for the 
presenter(s). Presentation requests and materials must be received by 
October 14, 2015. Written comments will be accepted from any party and 
provided to the Review Committee. Written comments received by October 
29, 2015, will be provided to the Review Committee before the meeting. 
Written comments received later than October 29, 2015, will be provided 
to the Review Committee at the meeting.
    The Review Committee will consider requests for a recommendation to 
the Secretary of the Interior that an agreed-upon disposition of Native 
American human remains determined to be CUI proceed. 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 9, 2015.
    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. To access 
procedures for presenting findings of fact, go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra/REVIEW/Procedures.htm. Requests for findings of fact must be 
received by August 26, 2015.
    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. To access 
procedures for presenting disputes, go to http://www.nps.gov/nagpra/REVIEW/Procedures.htm. Requests to convene parties and facilitate 
resolution of a dispute must be received by July 22, 2015.
    Submissions and requests should be sent to nagpra_dfo@nps.gov. Such 
items are subject to posting on the National NAGPRA Program Web site 
prior to the meeting.

December 14, 2015

    The Review Committee will meet via teleconference on December 14, 
2015, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. (Eastern), for the 
sole purpose of finalizing the Review Committee Report to Congress, 
should the report not be finalized by November 19. This meeting will be 
open to the public. Those who desire to attend the meeting should 
register at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra 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 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 
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 Review 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, telephone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your submission, you should 
be aware that your entire submission--including your personal 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you may ask us to withhold your personal identifying information 
from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: June 9, 2015.
Shirley Sears,
Acting Chief, Office of Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-14551 Filed 6-12-15; 8:45 am]
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