Unclaimed Cultural Items

Unclaimed cultural items from Federal lands are Native American human remains and cultural items where:

  1. No Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization has sent a written claim for the cultural items, or no lineal descendant has responded; or
  2. The Federal agency could not reasonably identify any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization or lineal descendant with priority to claim.

What must be done?

Federal agencies must submit a list of unclaimed cultural items to NAGPRA_info@nps.gov within one year of the cultural items becoming unclaimed. Federal agencies must care for unclaimed cultural items consistent with the curation regulations at 36 CFR Part 79.

What may be done?

Federal agencies may transfer unclaimed cultural items to an Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization or reinter unclaimed human remains or funerary objects. A notice of proposed transfer or reinterment must be published in a newspaper.

What templates are available for unclaimed cultural items?

Templates are available for download here.

What has been reported by Federal agencies so far?

List of unclaimed cultural items

Agency and Unit

State

County

MNI

AFO

UFO

SO

OCP

Meets the definition (see above)

DHS, United States Coast Guard

CA

Yerba Buena Island

20

0

0

0

0

2

DOD, Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District

MO

Wayne

1

124

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Gateway NRA

NY

Queens

1

0

0

0

0

1

DOI, NPS, George Washington Birthplace NM

VA

Westmoreland

1

0

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Amistad NRA

TX

Val Verde

2

0

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Amistad NRA

TX

Val Verde

1

0

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Big Bend NP

TX

Brewster

1

0

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Glen Canyon NRA

UT

San Juan

1

0

0

0

0

2

DOD, Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Campbell District

TN

Montgomery

2

0

0

0

0

2

DOD, Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Campbell District

TN

Montgomery

2

18

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Hopewell Culture NHP Park

OH

Ross

1

0

0

0

0

2

DOI, NPS, Petersburg NBP

VA

Dinwiddie

0

0

4

0

0

2

33

142

4


Published notices of proposed transfer or reinternment of unclaimed cultural items

Federal Agency

State

Action

Publication Dates

DHS, United State Coast Guard

CA

reinter

San Francisco Chronicle, 4/12/2017 and 4/19/2017

DOD, Army Corps of Engineer, Fort Campbell District

TN

transfer

Cadiz Record, 7/3/2019 and 7/10/2019; Leaf Chronicle, 7/4/2010 and 7/11/2019; and Steward/Houston Times, 7/9/2019 and 7/16/2019

DOI, National Park Service, Hopewell Culture NHP

OK

transfer

Tulsa World of Tulsa, 4/23/2020 and 5/7/2020

Last updated: January 12, 2022