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Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act

A Federal law passed in 1990 that provides a process for museums and Federal agencies to return certain Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and other objects of cultural patrimony to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. National NAGPRA is a program of the National Park Service’s National Center for Cultural Resources, and develops regulations and guidelines for implementing NAGPRA. It provides support for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee whose responsibility is to assist Indian tribes, Native Alaskan villages and corporations, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and Federal agencies with the NAGPRA process.

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