[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 62 (Monday, April 3, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16222-16223]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-06444]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-22749; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP15.R50000]


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee: Request for Nominations

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for one 
member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee (Review Committee). The Secretary of the Interior will 
appoint one member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native 
Hawaiian organizations, or traditional Native American religious 
leaders. The nominee need not be a traditional Indian religious leader. 
The Review Committee was established by the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), and is regulated by 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

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DATES: Nominations must be received by July 3, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Melanie O'Brien, Designated Federal Officer, Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, National NAGPRA 
Program (2253), National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW., Room 7360, 
Washington, DC 20240, (202) 354-2201 or via email [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie O'Brien, Designated Federal 
Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee, National NAGPRA Program (2253), National Park Service, 1849 
C Street NW., Room 7360, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 354-2201 or via 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Review Committee is responsible for:
    1. Monitoring the NAGPRA inventory and identification process;
    2. Reviewing and making findings related to the identity or 
cultural affiliation of cultural items, or the return of such items;
    3. Facilitating the resolution of disputes;
    4. Compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human 
remains and developing a process for disposition of such remains;
    5. Consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations 
and museums on matters within the scope of the work of the Review 
Committee affecting such tribes or organizations;
    6. Consulting with the Secretary of the Interior in the development 
of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and
    7. Making recommendations regarding future care of repatriated 
cultural items.
    The Review Committee consists of seven members appointed by the 
Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary may not appoint Federal 
officers or employees to the Review Committee. Three members are 
appointed from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian 
organizations, or traditional Native American religious leaders. At 
least two of these members must be traditional Indian religious 
leaders. Three members are appointed from nominations submitted by 
national museum or scientific organizations. One member is appointed 
from a list of persons developed and consented to by all of the other 
members.
    Members serve as Special Government Employees and are required to 
complete annual ethics training. Members are appointed for 4-year terms 
and incumbent members may be reappointed for 2-year terms. The Review 
Committee's work is completed during public meetings. The Review 
Committee attempts to meet in person twice a year and meetings normally 
last two or three days. The Review Committee may hold one or more 
public teleconferences of several hours duration.
    The Review Committee members serve without pay but reimbursed for 
each day of meeting attendance. Review Committee members are also 
reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in association with Review 
Committee meetings (25 U.S.C. 3006(b)(4)). Additional information 
regarding the Review Committee, including the Review Committee's 
charter, meeting protocol, and dispute resolution procedures, is 
available on the National NAGPRA Program Web site, at www.nps.gov/NAGPRA/REVIEW/.
    Individuals who are federally registered lobbyists are ineligible 
to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils in an 
individual capacity. The term ``individual capacity'' refers to 
individuals who are appointed to exercise their own individual best 
judgment on behalf of the government, such as when they are designated 
Special Government Employees, rather than being appointed to represent 
a particular interest.
    Nominations must:
    1. Be submitted by an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
on the official letterhead of the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization.
    2. If submitted by an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization, 
affirm that the signatory is the official authorized by the Indian 
tribe or Native Hawaiian organization to submit the nomination.
    3. If submitted by a Native American traditional religious leader, 
affirm that the signatory meets the definition of traditional Native 
American religious leader.
    4. Provide the nominator's original signature, daytime telephone 
number, and email address.
    5. Include the nominee's full legal name, home address, home 
telephone number, and email address.
    Nominations should include the nominee's resume providing an 
adequate description of a nominee's qualifications, including 
information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an 
informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the 
Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a 
potential member.

    Authority:  (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2); (25 U.S.C. 3006).

Alma Ripps,
Chief, Office of Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-06444 Filed 3-31-17; 8:45 am]
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