[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 42 (Friday, March 2, 2012)]
[Pages 12875-12876]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5128]



National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-CR-0212-9590; 2200-1100-665]

Proposed Information Collection; Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Regulations

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. National Park Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on August 31, 2012. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
valid OMB control number.

DATES: To ensure we are able to consider your comments, we must receive 
them on or before May 1, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments on the ICR to Madonna L. Baucum, 
Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 
1201 I Street NW., MS 1242, Washington, DC 20005 (mail); or [email protected] (email). Please reference OMB Control Number ``1024-
0144, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Regulations'' 
in the subject line of your comments.

Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW., 8th floor, 
Washington, DC 20005; or via phone at 202-354-1479; or via fax at 202-
354-5179; or via email at [email protected]. You are entitled to a 
copy of the entire ICR package free of charge.


I. Abstract

    The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 
(NAGPRA), requires museums to compile certain information (summaries, 
inventories, and notices) regarding Native American cultural items in 
their possession or control and provide that information to lineal 
descendants, likely interested Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian 
organizations, and the National NAGPRA Program (acting on behalf of the 
Secretary of the Interior, housed in the National Park Service), to 
support consultation in the process of publishing notices that 
establish rights to repatriation. The summaries are general 
descriptions of the museum's Native American collection, sent to all 
possibly interested tribes to disclose the collection, should the tribe 
desire to consult on items and present a claim. The inventories are 
item-by-item lists of the human remains and their funerary objects, 
upon which the museum consults with likely affiliated tribes to 
determine cultural affiliation, tribal land origination, or origination 
from aboriginal lands of Federal recognized tribes. Consultation and 
claims for items require information exchange between museums and 
tribes on the collections. Notices of Inventory Completion, published 
in the Federal Register indicate the museum decisions of rights of 
lineal descendants and tribes to receive human remains and funerary 
objects; Notices of Intent to Repatriate, published in the Federal 
Register, indicate the agreements of museums and tribes to transfer 
control to tribes of funerary objects, sacred objects and objects of 
cultural patrimony. Museums identify NAGPRA protected items in the 
collection through examination of museum records and from consultation 
with tribes.
    The National NAGPRA Program maintains the public databases of 
summary, inventory and notice information to support consultation. In 
the first 20 years of the administration of NAGPRA approximately 40,000 
Native American human remains, of a possible collection of 180,000 
individuals, have been listed in NAGPRA notices. Information collection 
of previous years is of lasting benefit, diminishing efforts in future 

II. Data

    OMB Number: 1024-0144.
    Title: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation 
Regulations, 43 CFR part 10.
    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
    Description of Respondents: Museums that receive Federal funds and 
have possession of or control over Native American cultural items.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 100 (NPS estimates 50 new 
Consultation Inventory & Summary updates and approximately 50 Museum 
Notices Inventory and Summary).

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    Completion Time per Response: Public reporting burden for this 
collection of information is expected to average 100 hours for the 
exchange of summary/inventory information between a museum or Federal 
agency and an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization and six 
hours per response for the notification to the Secretary, including 
time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, 
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing 
the collected information.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,300 hours, assuming a large, 
unresolved collection of Native American human remains and NAGPRA 
cultural items.

                                                                                                    $ Value of
     Information collections          Annual          Annual        Avg. time/     Total annual    burden hours
                                    respondents      response      response (hr)   burden hours     (30.07/hr)
(1) Consultation inventory &                  50              50             100           5,000        $150,350
 summary updates................
(2) Museum Notices Inventory and              50              50               6             300           9,021
    Total.......................             100             100             106           5,300         159,371

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of the burden for this collection of 
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden to respondents, including use 
of automated information techniques or other forms of information 
    Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice 
are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each 
comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your 
address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying 
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire 
comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made 
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: February 27, 2012.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Acting Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-5128 Filed 3-1-12; 8:45 am]