The final rule implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was published in the Federal Register on December 4, 1995. The rule establishes procedures for protecting and determining disposition of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony that are intentionally excavated or inadvertently discovered on federal or tribal lands. It also establishes procedures for conducting summaries and inventories and repatriating human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony in museum or federal agency collections.
The final rule was prepared by the departmental consulting archaeologist, National Park Service, for the secretary of the Interior Department in consultation with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee as directed by Section 8 (c) (7) of the act. The rule was initially published in the Federal Register as a proposal on May 28, 1993, to solicit public comment. The extensive preamble to the final rule addresses each of the substantive comments received during the comment period.
The text of the final rule is available on the National Archaeological Database (http://www.cast.uark.edu/d.cast/nadb.html). It is also available at most large libraries. The Federal Register is also now available on line at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docss/.