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PENDING LEGISLATION

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 for legislators.

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/

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Senate 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.

H.R.915 To authorize the President to take certain actions to protect archaeological or ethnological materials of Afghanistan. Introduced February 17, 2005.

H.R.1047 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

Cultural 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.

House 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 17, 2003

Review 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

Emergency 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.

House Bill 2009 Iraq Cultural Heritage Protection Act (Introduced in House)
To provide for the recovery, restitution, and protection of the cultural heritage of Iraq. May 7, 2003

Congressional Resolution
Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece. May 7, 2003

Congressional 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