[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 159 (Thursday, August 17, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47512-47513]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-13589]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee: Nomination Solicitation

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee; Notice of Nomination Solicitation.

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SUMMARY: The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for two 
members of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation 
Review Committee. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint one member 
from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian 
organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. This 
particular appointee is not required to be a traditional Native 
American religious leader. The Secretary of the Interior will also 
appoint one member from nominations submitted by national museum 
organizations and scientific organizations.
    Nominations must include the following information.1. Nominations 
by Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations: Nominations must be 
submitted on official tribal or organization letterhead with the 
nominator's original signature and daytime telephone number. The 
nominator must be the official authorized by the tribe or organization 
to submit nominations in response to this solicitation. The nomination 
must include a statement that the nominator is so authorized.
    2. Nominations by traditional religious leaders: Nominations must 
be submitted with the nominator's original signature and daytime 
telephone number. The nominator must explain how he or she meets the 
definition of traditional religious leader.
    3. Nominations by national museum organizations and scientific 
organizations: Nominations must be submitted on organization letterhead 
with the nominator's original signature and daytime telephone number. 
The nominator must be the official authorized by the organization to 
submit nominations in response to this solicitation. The nomination 
must

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include a statement that the nominator is so authorized.
    4. Information about nominees: All nominations must include the 
following information:
    a. nominee's name, address, and daytime telephone number and e-mail 
address; and
    b. nominee's resume or brief biography emphasizing the nominee's 
NAGPRA experience and ability to work effectively as a member of an 
advisory board.
    Nominations that do not include all of the abovementioned 
information will be considered non-responsive to this solicitation.

DATES:  Nominations must be received by October 16, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Via U.S. Mail: Address nominations to Designated Federal 
Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1849 C 
Street NW (2253), Washington, DC 20240. Because increased security in 
the Washington, DC, area may delay delivery of U.S. Mail to U.S. 
Government offices, a copy of each mailed nomination should also be 
faxed to (202) 371-5197. Via commercial delivery: Address nominations 
to C. Timothy McKeown, Designated Federal Officer, Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, National NAGPRA 
Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW, 8th floor, 
Washington, DC 20005.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. The Review Committee was established by the Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3001 
et seq.
    2. The Review Committee is responsible for--
    a. monitoring the NAGPRA inventory and identification process;
    b. reviewing and making findings related to the identity or 
cultural affiliation of cultural items, or the return of such items;
    c. facilitating the resolution of disputes;
    d. compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human 
remains and developing a process for disposition of such remains;
    e. consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations 
and museums on matters within the scope of the work of the Review 
Committee affecting such tribes or organizations;
    f. consulting with the Secretary of the Interior in the development 
of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and
    g. making recommendations regarding future care of repatriated 
cultural items.
    3. Seven members compose the Review Committee. All members are 
appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary may not 
appoint Federal officers or employees to the Review Committee.
    a. Three members are appointed from nominations submitted by Indian 
tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American 
religious leaders. At least two of these members must be traditional 
Native American religious leaders.
    b. Three members are appointed from nominations submitted by 
national museum organizations and scientific organizations.
    c. One member is appointed from a list of persons developed and 
consented to by all of the other members.
    4. Members serve as Special Governmental Employees, which requires 
submission of annual financial disclosure reports and completion of 
annual ethics training.
    5. Appointment terms: Members are appointed for 4-year terms and 
incumbent members may be reappointed for 2-year terms.
    6. The Review Committee's work is completed during public meetings. 
The Review Committee normally meets face-to-face two times per year, 
and each meeting is normally two or three days. The Review Committee 
may also hold one or more public teleconferences of several hours 
duration.
    7. Compensation: Review Committee members are compensated for their 
participation in Review Committee meetings.
    8. Reimbursement: Review Committee members are reimbursed for 
travel expenses incurred in association with Review Committee meetings.
    9. Additional information regarding the Review Committee, including 
the Review Committee's charter, meeting protocol, and dispute 
resolution procedures, is available on the National NAGPRA program Web 
site, www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra (click ``Review Committee'' in the menu on 
the right).
    10. The terms ``Indian tribe,'' ``Native Hawaiian organization,'' 
and ``traditional religious leader'' have the same definitions as given 
in 43 CFR 10.2.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: C. Timothy McKeown, Designated Federal 
Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1849 C 
Street NW (2253), Washington, DC 20240; telephone (202) 354-2206; e-
mail [email protected].

    Dated: June 26, 2006
C. Timothy McKeown,
Designated Federal Officer,
    Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee.
[FR Doc. E6-13589 Filed 8-16-06; 8:45 am]
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