Talk:Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

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I believe NAGPRA needed to be created, because so many of the early scientists in America blatantly dissrespected the sacred remains of the Native American ancestors.

There is a cost however. NAGPRA has been used as a tool to rebury the physical remains of ancient people whose actual ancestral links have not been established to the current Native Americans. Kennewick man is by no means the only example of this.

There is a pre-conceived idea that all human remains dating before 1492 must be Native American, and therefore reburied. This sucks, because I think valuable evidence of caucasian peoples in America has been destroyed because of a Political agenda.

Very tall, red-haired people did exist in central western Nevada long ago, and there remains have dissapreared. The Indian tribes of that area (Paiute) even have a tradition of these red-giants.

But the physical evidence seems to be reburied. 05:05, 25 August 2004

Revamping of the article[edit]

I just reviewed the article for the Wikipedia:WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America. I do have some comments to improve this article. The NAGPRA article is currently much more than s stub, but still lacking substance. Some suggestions in improvement include having more info on the background of this act and the scope of coverage of this act, as well as links to the actual federal codes establishing NAGPRA and the NAGPRA home-page. By presenting these these coverages more fully first, when the article then covers the problematic issues such as the repatriation issue mentioned in the article, the reader will become better aware of the problems and the possible solutions. CJLippert 22:26, 7 July 2006 (UTC)


How does this law affect tribes that are based (now legally) in canada but have artifacts in the US. Also the same question for tribes in mexico (papago tribe traverses this border)?

NAGPRA only affects US institutions that are publicly funded, so Mexican and Canadian tribes would not be able to use NAGPRA nor can it be used to repatriate items in private collections. -Uyvsdi (talk) 14:15, 7 June 2009 (UTC)Uyvsdi

Editing Proposal[edit]

I propose to edit this article by adding a detailed overview of the provisions of NAGPRA, including definitions of objects and land which this act treats. Links to the NAGPRA home page should also be added. Scheherazade510 01:46, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Sounds good. JonHarder talk 11:55, 3 July 2007 (UTC)


Hey, it seems that people here seem up for a re-do of this page. I'll go through it over the next few weeks and make it more informative about the act itself and its consequences. There are some things that seem tangentially related presented as if they were the point of NAGPRA, and I believe that should change in order to bring this up to encyclopedic standards.SMSpivey (talk) 09:49, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Act Violations and Blatant Disregard for the Act and People Behind It.[edit]

I just wanted to take the time and write this information, about how the Federal Government treats this 'Act' as a joke. In Maryville/Townsend, TN on US 321(East Lamar Alexander Parkway) starting around 1999 or 2000, The Tennessee Department of Transportation started building more lanes and extending 321. During this process they violated this act in SEVERAL ways. Sometimes they would find graves, not report it and flatten them with "Steam Rollers", so they could pave a new lane, right on top of the grave. In other cases, they would remove the contents of the grave and freely give out these contents to anyone that would buy them, even though living relatives of the person in the grave were in the same town, the act was ignored and grave contents sent off to whom ever would pay for them. Many more types of violations were committed and hardly anything was done about it, even though local Natives protested and asked them to stop doing this, repeatedly. Here is just one quick source I could find on the subject: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:00, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

More recent ruling on NAGPRA[edit]

There is additional and newer information of interest to Native American peoples and scholars. It is available via the Federal Register, Part III, Department of the Interior titled:

43 CFR Part 10 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations—Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains; Final Rule

KSRolph (talk) 19:39, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

I'll also take on 'preponderance of evidence.'KSRolph (talk) 01:04, 19 December 2011 (UTC)