NAGPRA Essentials

Seminar Overview

Review the compliance process for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, federal agencies, and museums. Explore how consultation can inform inventories, summaries, and cultural affiliation, and the resulting notices, repatriations, and dispositions.

Detailed Seminar Agenda


Jan I. Bernstein, managing director, Bernstein & Associates NAGPRA Consultants, works with Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and federal agencies to provide training, grant writing, strategic plan development/implementation, consultation facilitation, repatriation claim development, and reburial assistance


Megon Noble, NAGPRA project manager, University of California, Davis, coordinates NAGPRA compliance efforts for the campus; previously the Archaeology NAGPRA coordinator with the Burke Museum, University of Washington, and taught museums collections management

Eric Hemenway, repatriation specialist and former NAGPRA Review Committee member, Anishinaabe, worked on numerous NAGPRA repatriation and disposition claims, coordination of repatriation involving multiple tribes, and reburials, managed NAGPRA grants, and consulted with museums across the country on appropriate care of NAGPRA materials

Evaluation Comments

“The seminar covered a lot of information about all aspects of NAGPRA, which was helpful.”
“I now have a good understanding of NAGPRA.”
“It gave me a good overview of the complexities of NAGPRA issues that may come up.”


Staff of Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and federal agencies

Related Seminars

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements
NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals
Native American Cultural Property Law
Traditional Cultural Places

Locations and Dates

  • Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2-3, 2020 (new dates!)
    in cooperation with
    the National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program
    and the Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Jefferson City, MO
    May 13-14, 2020
    in cooperation with the 
    Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office
    and the National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program
  • Richmond, VA
    September 9, 2020
    in cooperation with Preservation Virginia and
    the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Knoxville, TN
    September 10-11, 2020
    in cooperation with the 
    National Park Service, National NAGPRA Program
    and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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)
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.