Native American Cultural Property Law


Review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice. Consider the legal, cultural, and historical perspectives resulting from decisions affecting Native American cultural property. Learn how the consultation process enables tribes, federal entities, and other parties to achieve resolution.

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

"[The seminar] was comprehensive in its scope and set a good, broad base for understanding consultation."

"[Hearing the] first-hand experiences of the instructors and participants was very helpful."

"[The] seminar really clarified laws that I am currently writing about. It was extremely timely and useful and exceeded my expectations."

"It helped giving case examples and the instructor helped me see the strength of the laws."

"[The seminar] met my expectations on laws and how to get a clear communication between organizations."

"It focused specifically on tribal POV (point of view) and needs, so [that we] were able to get into more detail."

"[The seminar] provided legal citations and examples to help me protect my Tribe's resources."

"I liked your seminar. I learned more of ways to deal with confusing situations of the law."


Members and staff from Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian groups, indigenous communities, THPOs, SHPOs, government agencies, and preservation and environmental specialists.

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Section 106: Agreement Documents
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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.
  • Sacramento, CA
    March 5-6, 2020 cancelled; to be rescheduled in 2021
    in cooperation with
    California State Parks, Cultural Resources Division
    and Office of Historic Preservation

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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