Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee; Meetings, 5481-5484 [2016-01815]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5481-5484]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01815]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-20046; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP16.R50000]


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee; Meetings

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 four meetings of the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review 
Committee). All meetings will be open to the public.

DATES: The Review Committee will meet on April 19, 2016, from 2 p.m. 
until approximately 6 p.m. (Eastern); July 13-14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) and July 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
(Mountain); September 13, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 
p.m. (Eastern); and, if necessary, December 6, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. 
until approximately 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). Related deadlines for 
participating in each meeting are detailed in this notice.

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ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet on July 13-July 15, 2016, at 
the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, 200 S. Pattee Street, Missoula, MT 
59802. Electronic submissions of materials or requests are to be sent 
to nagpra_dfo@nps.gov. Those who desire to participate via telephone 
should register at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra, to be provided the 
telephone access number for the meeting.

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.

April 19, 2016

    The Review Committee will meet via teleconference on April 19, 
2016, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). This 
meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this meeting will 
include a report from the National NAGPRA Program; the discussion of 
the Review Committee Report to Congress for 2016; 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; and public 
comment. The agenda and materials for this meeting will be posted on or 
before March 22, 2016, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    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 
March 15, 2016. Written comments will be accepted from any party and 
provided to the Review Committee. Written comments received by March 
15, 2016, will be provided to the Review Committee before 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 culturally unidentifiable (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 March 8, 2016.
    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. 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.

July 13-July 15, 2016

    The Review Committee will meet on July 13-14, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) and July 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
(Mountain), at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, Missoula, MT. This 
meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this meeting will 
include a report from the National NAGPRA Program; the discussion of 
the Review Committee Report to Congress for 2016; 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 June 15, 2016, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    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 
June 1, 2016. Written comments will be accepted from any party and 
provided to the Review Committee. Written comments received by June 8, 
2016, will be provided to the Review Committee before 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 May 4, 2016.
    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/

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REVIEW/Procedures.htm. Requests for findings of fact must be received 
by March 2, 2016.
    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 March 2, 2016.
    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.

September 13, 2016

    The Review Committee will meet via teleconference on September 13, 
2016, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). This 
meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this meeting will 
include a report from the National NAGPRA Program; the discussion of 
the Review Committee Report to Congress for 2016; 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; and public 
comment. The agenda and materials for this meeting will be posted on or 
before August 16, 2016, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    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 
August 2, 2016. Written comments will be accepted from any party and 
provided to the Review Committee. Written comments received by August 
9, 2016, will be provided to the Review Committee before 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 July 5, 2016.
    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. 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.

December 6, 2016

    The Review Committee will meet, if necessary, via teleconference on 
December 6, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. 
(Eastern). This meeting will be open to the public. The agenda for this 
meeting will include a report from the National NAGPRA Program; the 
finalization of the Review Committee Report to Congress for 2016; 
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; and public comment. The agenda and materials for this 
meeting will be posted on or before November 8, 2016, at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra.
    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 25, 2016. Written comments will be accepted from any party and 
provided to the Review Committee. Written comments received by November 
1, 2016, will be provided to the Review Committee before 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 27, 2016.
    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. 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

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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: January 19, 2016.
Alma Ripps,
Chief, Office of Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-01815 Filed 2-1-16; 8:45 am]
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