Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

To provide grants to museums to assist in the consultation on and documentation of Native American human remains and cultural items; to provide grants to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, as defined in the Act, to assist in identifying human remains and cultural items; and to provide grants
to museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to assist in the repatriation of human remains and cultural items.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The National NAGPRA Program funded projects such as: - A museum hiring a bioarchaeologist to conduct an examination of the faunal collection in order to identify and culturally affiliate interspersed Native American human remains; - A university conducting in-person consultations with representatives of multiple tribes to review collections, identify sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony, and develop a care and treatment plan for the objects, including digitization to provide remote access to the tribes; and - A tribe completing the repatriation of 645 ancestors and 8,945 funerary objects from multiple museum collections for reburial near the locations of the original excavations.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that assist in the documentation and repatriation of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that assist in the documentation and repatriation of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Illinois State Museum Society $ 88,825   2021-09-012023-08-31
Northern Illinois University $ 90,000   2021-09-012023-08-31
Tolowa Dee-ni Nation $ 66,982   2021-09-012023-08-31
Ione Band Of Miwok Indians $ 89,984   2021-09-012023-08-31
University Of Northern Colorado $ 86,996   2021-09-012023-08-31
Osage Nation $ 5,103   2020-07-012023-08-31
Ball State University $ 37,268   2018-09-012023-08-31
Organized Village Of Kake $ 10,829   2019-09-012022-12-31
Utah State University $ 50,625   2020-07-012022-09-30
Shingle Springs Rancheria $ 90,000   2020-07-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY2017, 53 applications were received and 32 awards were made to 31 entities to assist in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American cultural items. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available. Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions


Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items.

Consultation projects support efforts related to compiling or revising a NAGPRA inventory and making or responding to requests for items in a NAGPRA summary.

Documentation projects support determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native American cultural items.

Repatriation means the transfer of control of Native American human remains and/or cultural items to lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations.

Repatriation includes disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains (CUI) according to 43 C.F.R.


Repatriation projects defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial, and/or storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and/or cultural items. The Notice of Funding Opportunity posted with the funding opportunity announcement has further information regarding eligible activities.

Grant funds may not be used for: activities related to the documentation or repatriation of human remains and cultural items from the Smithsonian Institution; activities related to the inadvertent discovery and/or intentional excavation of Native American human remains and other cultural items on Federal or tribal lands pursuant to NAGPRA Section 3 and 43 CFR 10 Subpart B.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity posted with the funding opportunity announcement has further information regarding ineligible activities.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An eligible applicant is: A museum that has control of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony and has received Federal funds.

The term ?Museum? includes state or local government agencies, private institutions, and institutions of higher learning that have received Federal funds. An Indian tribe, Alaska Native village, or Native Hawaiian organization.

An 'Indian tribe' means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

The Department of the Interior has interpreted this definition as applying to over 560 Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages that are recognized by the United States Government.

This list does not include Alaska regional or village corporations, although Alaska Native villages may subcontract work under grants to such corporations.

A ?Native Hawaiian organization? includes any organization that: a) serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians; b) has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians; and c) has expertise in Native Hawaiian Affairs.

NAGPRA states that such Native Hawaiian organizations shall include the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, Native American organization, American Indian.


Eligible museums must have completed a written summary of their Native American collections and an inventory of Native American human remains and associated funerary objects in their collections to the National Park Service and the appropriate Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations by the deadlines in 43 CFR Part 10. For repatriation grants, publication under 43 CFR Part 10 of a Notice of Inventory Completion or Notice of Intent to Repatriate in the Federal Register is required. Funding is not available for activities that occur prior to the submissions of the application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to announcements on are reviewed through a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Pub.L. 101-601 §10, 104 Stat. 3057, 25 U.S.C. 3008.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on Generally, applications are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the end of the Federal fiscal year.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration is generally one to two years. Payment will be made by advance or reimbursement through the Department of Treasury?s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants are awarded for up to 18 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports.

Cash reports.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; (2) Program Performance Report; (3) Final Budget; and (4) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Per 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $1,497,143; FY 18 est $1,657,000; and FY 19 est $1,657,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $1,497,143; FY18 $1,657,000; FY19 $1,657,000. FY18 and FY19 totals are an estimate based on prior year funding levels only.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $5,000.00 - $90,000.00 Average: $25,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR Part 10, and standard forms.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Sarah Glass National NAGPRA Program 1849 C Street NW Mail Stop 7360 , Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202)354-2201

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on, and will include the following: Criterion A ? Objectives and Activities; Criterion B ? Partnerships; Criterion C ? Implementation/Administration; Criterion D - Impact/Evaluation.

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