The American Council for Cultural Policy
encourages viewers to give their careful attention to arts related
legislation pending before Congress. Pending bills are linked below,
as is a review of bills before Congress and a link to contact information
Copies of the bills and resolutions in
these pages are not official. For official copies, we suggest that
you visit the Library of Congress Thomas site: http://thomas.loc.gov/
Bill 536 Native American Omnibus Act of 2005, As early as April
4-8, 2005 the US Senate will vote on S.536. In Section 108
of this bill, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee quietly and unanimously
voted to amend NAGPRA's definition of Native American. No
public hearings were held on this sweeping change.
This expansive definition of Native American sets the stage to overturn
the Kennewick Man decisions rendered by the Federal District Court of
Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
More than the Kennewick Man case is at stake. In any future similar
discovery, human remains might be reburied without scientific examination.
This would, in effect, block the application of the scientific method
to inquiry about our Nation's pre-history.
To authorize the President to take certain actions to protect archaeological
ethnological materials of Afghanistan. Introduced February 17, 2005.
To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to
modify temporarily certain rates of duty, to make other technical
amendments to the trade laws, and for other purposes. H.R.1047 became
Public Law 108-429 on 12/3/2004
Property: International Conventions and United States Legislation
April 8, 2004, Jennifer K. Elsea and Michael John Garcia, Legislative
Attorneys American Law Division, Congressional Research Service,
The Library of Congress.
Bill 3497 Iraq Cultural Heritage Protection Act (Introduced
in House) Revised version of bill HR2009, To provide for the recovery,
restitution, and protection of the cultural heritage of Iraq. November
of Pending Legislation July 7, 2003 The American Council
for Cultural Policy, with all other responsible members of the American
arts community, is deeply concerned that any looted or stolen material
from either the recent Iraq war or the earlier Gulf War enters the
United States. Bills have recently been introduced in both houses
of Congress that include provisions providing additional protection
for Iraqi cultural materials through import restrictions. S 1291
protects Iraqi antiquities, HR 2009 also contains provisions substantially
altering current U.S. Cultural Property legislationů
Protection for Iraqi Cultural Antiquities Act of 2003, S
1291, 108th Congress, 1st Session
To authorize the President
to impose emergency import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological
materials of Iraq until normalization of relations between the United
States and the Government of Iraq has been established.
Bill 2009 Iraq Cultural Heritage Protection Act (Introduced
To provide for the recovery,
restitution, and protection of the cultural heritage of Iraq.
May 7, 2003
Expressing the sense of the
Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.
May 7, 2003
Contact List The American Council for Cultural Policy encourages
the public to make their views known on all arts issues to their
Senators and Representatives