The NAGPRA was passed in 1990 and is a two part law that allows the tribes to claim and bring home their ancestors that were removed from ancestral lands prior to 1990. The act of bringing home our ancestors remains is called repatriation. The second part of the law protects burials on federal land from development that takes place after 1990, and allows tribes to claim burials that are accidentally disturbed by any development after 1990 as well.
The CPP conducts consultation to repatriate our ancestors and their belongings from museums and repositories around the U.S. The CPP also consults with Federal agencies to try to ensure they do development without impacting burials and on cases where burials were impacted by accident or in cases where there was no other choice due to emergencies.
NAGPRA is a very important law regarding burials, but its jurisdiction is specific to federal land, federal agencies or any project with a federal nexus.
AZ State burial laws mirror NAGPRA, but cover privately owned land or land over which the state has jurisdiction. To read more about these laws visit AZ State Burial Laws.
For more detailed information visit the National NAGPRA website.
For more detailed questions or concerns please contact Martha Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 362-6325.