Date: May 22, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of John Beaver, Honor K. Keeler, and Barnaby V. Lewis to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee.
The Review Committee, authorized by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) monitors, reviews, and assists in the implementation of certain requirements of the Act.
“I am grateful that John, Honor and Barnaby have agreed to serve on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee,” Zinke said. “These roles are incredibly important in advising the Department on decisions on Native American human remains and cultural items. Their experience and guidance will be incredibly beneficial to the committee.”
Members of the seven-person committee are appointed by the Secretary to serve two- to four-year terms. The Secretary receives nominations from Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, traditional Native American religious leaders, and national museum and scientific organizations. With the additions of the three new members, there are six appointees on the committee. A seventh position will be filled this summer. The committee is chaired by Armand Minthorn.
Enacted in 1990, NAGPRA requires museums and federal agencies to inventory and identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections, and to consult with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding repatriation. Section 10 of the Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to award grants to assist in implementing provisions of the Act. The National NAGPRA Program is administered by the National Park Service.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/nagpra/.