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NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements

Detailed Seminar Agenda

Seminar Overview

Review the historical context and intent of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Learn how these laws apply to the treatment, repatriation, and disposition of Native American cultural items and to the protection of archaeological resources on federal and tribal lands. Examine differences in legal definitions, when and how regulations apply, and permit requirements. Discuss practical applications and effective strategies for developing agreements prior to ground-disturbing actions.


Claudia Nissley, president, Nissley Environmental Consultants; a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage laws and practices; author, educator, and consultant; former executive manager with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and governor-appointed Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer

Evaluation Comments

"Clarification of language, specifics, and definitions met. Reference from Heritage Resources Law was comprehensive."

"Complexity of issues from tribe to tribe made evident."

"Was able to have group discussion and use local example."

"Learned a lot about case law. Very interesting!"

"The seminar exceeded expectations-discussions and how NHPA, ARPA, NAGPRA, and even NEPA work together."


Federal and tribal officials, contractors, and other practitioners of cultural resource conservation on federal or tribal land; curators and collections managers.

Continuing Education Credits

NPI does not participate in any continuing education programs offered by professional organizations. Self-reporting may be an option for members of organizations that require continuing education credits. 

Related Seminars

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
NAGPRA Essentials
NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals
ative American Cultural Property Law
Traditional Cultural Places

Location and Dates

  • Atlanta, GA
    April 11-12, 2019
    offered in conjunction with
    Section 106: An Introduction
    in cooperation with the
    Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 
    Historic Preservation Division, and

    the Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Fredericksburg, VA
    October 24-25, 2019
    offered in conjunction with
    NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources
    in cooperation with the 
    National Park Service,
    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park,
    The University of Mary Washington, Department of Historic Preservation,
    and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$550 (6-week advance registration); $600 (regular registration)
Discounted rates are available for multiple seminars taken during the same week.
National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar for participants from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Read more.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

Detailed Seminar Agenda

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