NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements


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.

Detailed Agenda


Claudia Nissley, president, C. 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.

Related Trainings

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
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NAGPRA Grant Proposal Development
NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals
Native America 101
Native American Cultural Property Law
Traditional Cultural Places

Location and Dates

  • In-person seminars will resume in 2021; please check back for updatesClick here or go to About NPI for an update on training during COVID-19.
  • Santa Fe, NM
    April 22-23, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
    offered in conjunction with
    Section 106: A Review for Experienced Practitioners
    in cooperation with 
    the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, and
    Historic Preservation Division, and
    the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division

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.

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