Interior Proposes Revisions to Native Graves Protection Act

Seeks to incorporate more Tribal authority into filing process.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has published proposed revisions available for public comment. The changes to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) suggest documenting the requests of Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations when Indigenous human remains are found and waiting for Tribal input before discovered artifacts and remains are disturbed further.

“The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is an important law that helps us heal from some of the more painful times in our past by empowering Tribes to protect what is sacred to them,” said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland.  ”These changes to the Department’s NAGPRA regulations are long overdue and will strengthen our ability to enforce the law and help Tribes in the return of ancestors and sacred cultural objects,” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Deb Haaland to look to the Lord for guidance as she heads the Interior Department.
  • For discernment for Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland as he oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • For administration officials as they work together with the leaders of tribal nations.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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