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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Implementing Regulations (And 1996 Museum Act Amendments) by Jack F. Trope, Esq.


The following text is a summary of those parts of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) regulations and the National Museum of the American Indian (Museum Act) amendments which clarify, amplify or modify the provisions of the original Acts. Regulations implementing NAGPRA became effective on January 3, 1996 and are found on pages 169–189 (Appendix V). The Museum of the American Indian Act Amendments of 1996 were signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 9, 1996 and are found on pages 190-191 (Appendix W). Finally, the interim rule regarding civil penalties for NAGPRA is found on pages 192-199 (Appendix X). These additional regulations were issued on January 13, 1997 and may be revised in the future.


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