Developing the STOP Act Regulations
U.S. Department of Interior and Department of State STOP Act Regulations Consultations
The STOP Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-258) aims to prevent the international export of Native Cultural Heritage prohibited from trafficking under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act, and other applicable laws. The Department of the Interior and State Department consulted Native Nations and has accepted written comments about implementing the Act through August 25, 2023.
The Association’s Tribal Partner Working Group met on July 31 to discuss written comments on what Native Country would like to see in the STOP Act regulations. Check out the Association's Written Comments on the Implementation of the STOP Act HERE.
Review the full text of the STOP Act below.
Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act)
The act also increases the maximum criminal penalties for violating the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. In particular, the act increases from 5 years to 10 years the maximum prison term for an individual convicted of a second or subsequent violation of selling, purchasing, using for profit, or transporting for sale or profit human remains or cultural items that were illegally obtained.
Our Work on the STOP Act
- August 25, 2023: Written Comments on STOP Act Regulations
- November 29, 2022: Senate-Passed STOP Act Strengthens Federal Protections For Tribal, Native Hawaiian Cultural Items
- August 6, 2021: Read "Law safeguarding tribal objects is badly needed", by Brian D. Vallo
- June 21, 2021: We sent a second letter in support of the STOP Act, further explaining the Association's support and refuting recent criticisms of the Act.
- The only entities that are opposed to the STOP Act are those dealers and dealer associations that sell "antiquities" and "artifacts." Read our letter about dealers' efforts to misconstrue the STOP Act's purpose and put down the Association and Native leaders who support the STOP Act.
- May 20, 2021: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Hearing on the STOP Act
- April 22, 2021: We sent a letter in support of the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, and urged Congress to not only pass the Act but to consider strengthening the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the protection of Sacred Places.
- June 25, 2020: Udall Holds Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water, Infrastructure, Cultural Patrimony Bills
For more information on the development of the STOP Act, click the links below:
All Pueblo Council of Governors
American Anthropological Association
American Cultural Resources Association & AAA Archaeology Division Archaeological Institute of America
Association on American Indian Affairs
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums
Association of Village Council Presidents
Catawba Indian Nation
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake
Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes
Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium
National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
National Indian Head Start Directors Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Native American Rights Fund
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Pueblo of Acoma
Pueblo of Santa Clara
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pueblo of Zuni
Society for American Archeology
Tohono O'odom Nation
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.