The National NAGPRA Program offers non-competitive Repatriation grants and competitive Consultation/Documentation grants to Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums. The grants fund projects that further Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) implementation. In this two-part webinar series, Part 1 lays the groundwork for the development of a successful grant application project by identifying fundable projects through a needs assessment seminar. Part 2 continues the process by covering the essential aspects of budget and project narratives.


Participants will receive logistics information by email on how to access supplemental materials and the webinars using the Zoom meeting format at least a week prior to the training.


Deadlines: NAGPRA Grants for Fiscal Year 2021 https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nagpra/grants.htm

• Consultation/Documentation Grants: Friday, March 12, 2021

• Repatriation Grants: Friday, May 14, 2021


Part 1

• Who may apply for the NAGPRA grants

• What NAGPRA grants fund

• Application overview

• Needs assessment exercise

• Homework: use the results of the needs assessment exercise to:

   * Identify grant-fundable projects

   * Prioritize the projects

   * Identify project needs: personnel, supplies, services, travel, stipends for elders, and other resources

   * Estimate budget costs for project needs

Part 2

• Brief review of Webinar Part 1

• Review and discuss homework reports

• Project narrative development

• Budget narrative development


• Read the law (25 USC 3001 et seq.), with particular attention to the definitions (Section 2) and the collections provisions (Sections 5, 6, and 7)


• Read the implementing regulations (43 CFR 10), with particular attention to §10.2, §10.8, §10.9, §10.10, §10.11, §10.13, and §10.14


• Watch free training 

NAGPRA Basics, Parts 1 and 2


Additional NAGPRA topics

Training Curriculum

Two-part webinar series
(Two 90-minute webinar eLearnings)

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

    • NAGPRA participant list, 6/2+9/21

  • 2

    Wednesday, June 2 -- Link to Zoom

    • Copy of About Today's Session - How to Join the Zoom Meeting

    • NPI NAGPRA training on Zoom, 6/2/21

  • 3

    Wednesday, June 9 -- Link to Zoom

    • About Today's Session - How to Join the Zoom Meeting

    • NPI NAGPRA training on Zoom, 6/9/21

  • 4

    Download Course Slides

    • NAGPRA Grant Proposal Development, PDF of PPT, Part One, 6/2/21

    • NAGPRA Grant Proposal Development, PDF of PPT, Part Two, 6/9/21

  • 5

    Supplemental Materials

    • NAGPRA (25 USC 3001 et seq.)

    • Implementing Regulations (43 CFR 10)

    • NAGPRA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement - Consultation/Documentation

    • NAGPRA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement - Repatriation

    • NAGPRA Grant Proposal - City of St. Ignace C/D Grant

    • NAGPRA Grant Proposal - Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes C/D Grant

    • NAGPRA Grant Proposal - Santa Ana Grant

  • 6

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Jan I. Bernstein

Jan I. Bernstein, founder and managing director, Bernstein & Associates NAGPRA Consultants, provides Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and federal agencies with NAGPRA implementation services, including training, grant writing, strategic plan development and consultation planning and facilitation6
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This training is suitable for

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

Two-part Webinar Series

Wednesdays, June 2+9, 2021
3:00 p.m. EST
Limited to 25 participants
Scholarships available—see below

Two-Part Webinar Series:
Additional sessions

Access to registration for additional webinars series on NAGPRA Grant Proposal Development will be available closer to the date of each event. Here are tentative dates for upcoming sessions:

Thursdays, August 5+12, 2021, 3:00 p.m., limited to 25 participants


National NAGPRA Program scholarships covering tuition fees for several NPI seminars may be available for participants from museums and federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, or Native Hawaiian organizations. Read more and download application.

Customized Training

NPI also offers eLearning and webinar modules as customized training to meet specific organizational needs. They can be tailored to create training at a time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org for further information.