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Upcoming Events

The NAGPRA Community of Practice hosts video calls at 11 a.m. MT on the second and fourth Fridays of each month to share the latest developments in NAGPRA implementation and connect practitioners. Access recordings of previous calls here. To access the bi-monthly video calls, click here or call 1-669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 758 352 715

Upcoming Call Topics


Friday, September 22, 11 a.m. MDT: Estimating the Burden: NAGPRA regulations and the costs of compliance with Melanie O'Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program

Melanie O'Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program, will explain how the Department of the Interior estimates the financial burden of regulatory actions in general, and the specific estimates provided for the proposed NAGPRA regulations. Melanie will also summarize the many comments received on the proposed regulations related to the costs of complying with NAGPRA. Melanie will explain the difference and overlap between the cost-benefit analysis and the information collection requirements of the regulations. This session is intended to be informative, explanatory, and a deeper dive into public policy as it intersects with NAGPRA. Suggested background readings include the links above as well as The Reg Map - Informal Rulemaking Guide: Specific Analyses for Steps 3 and 7 (page 15) and A Guide to the Paperwork Reduction Act: Estimating the Burden, Burden Activities, and How to estimate burden.

Friday, October 13, 11 a.m. MDT : University of Kansas case study with Tom Torma, Repatriation Program Manager, and Melissa Peterson, Director of Tribal Relations and Equity Advisor

Friday, October 27, 11 a.m. MDT: Open Discussion

Friday, November 10, 11 a.m. MST: Cancelled (join us in Shawnee OK for AAIA's Repatriation Conference)

Friday, November 24, 11 a.m. MST: Cancelled (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Friday, December 8, 11 a.m. MST: Large Repatriations with Dr. Priscilla Grew (NAGPRA Advisor, UN), Jenna Domeischel (Archaeologist & NAGPRA Technical Lead, USACE), Dr. Ellen Lofaro (Director of Repatriation & Curator of Archaeology, UT) and Judi Gaiashkibos (Northern Ponca & Executive Director, NCIA)

The panelist will share their experiences in successfully completing large repatriations to help others who are trying to accomplish similar goals.

Friday, December 22, 11 a.m. MST: Cancelled (Christmas Holiday)

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