I am just wondering about this, since according to the directive, I would think that all the public comments collected by the executive office last month, would be posted in order to foster collaboration and keep the public informed.
"In brief, this rule pertains to those human remains, in collections, determined by museums and Federal agencies to be Native American, but for whom no relationship of shared group identity can be reasonably traced, historically or prehistorically, between a present day Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization and an identifiable earlier group. These individuals are listed on inventories as culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains. The rule requires consultation on the culturally unidentifiable human remains by the museum or Federal agency with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations whose tribal lands or aboriginal occupancy areas are in the area where the remains were removed. If cultural affiliation still cannot be determined and repatriation achieved, then the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization may request disposition of the remains. The museum or Federal agency would then publish a notice and transfer control to the tribe, without first being required to appear before the Review Committee to seek a recommendation for disposition approval from the Secretary of the Interior. Disposition requests, which do not meet the parameters of the rule, would still require approval from the Secretary, who may request a recommendation from the Review Committee. Therefore, the Department is issuing this final rule to be effective May 14, 2010." http://www.nps.gov/nagpra/
"A group of about 30 anthropologists, archeologists and concerned members of the University community gathered to hear Sven Haakanson, Jr., executive director of the Alutiiq Museum in Alaska, speak and answer questions about relationships between museums and Native American tribes. Haakanson also discussed how the issue of repatriation is often handled at other museums."
The letter should be posted soon to the CCCC-IP Committee website:
A team of us associated with the CCCC-Intellectual Property (IP) Committee and Caucus (http://www.ncte.org/cccc/committees/ip) submitted a letter to Victoria A. Espinel, United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator regarding The Joint Strategic Plan before yesterday's 5 pm ET deadline. We had asked for your support Monday afternoon (3-22-2010; see copy of request below). We are just following up to provide a copy of the letter that was submitted, linked below (temporarily posted here-will be moved to IP Committee site soon):
Thanks to everyone for mobilizing on such short notice, and special thanks to Karen Lunsford, Chair of the CCCC Committee on Intellectual Property for working with the larger CCCC organization and obtaining their support.
Last week, we sent out the following email to various listserves and facebook for people to "sign" on in support of public comments crafted by the CCCC-IP Caucus and Committee - here's the email which supplies background information:
We are inviting you to offer your “signature” in support of the CCCC-IP Caucus (endorsed by the CCCC-IP Committee and CCCC) with respect to the letter linked below, on or before Tuesday, midnight EST, March 23, 2010 (send your name and institutional affiliation c/o firstname.lastname@example.org). Offering your support to the IP Caucus does not preclude you from additionally composing your own public comments (details below), and we encourage you to do so.
Each year since 1994 the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC-IP Caucus) meets for an hours long discussion/workshop on issues surrounding teachers and researchers of writing/composing as those issues intersect intellectual property law and policy.
This year, on Weds. March 17, the caucus crafted a letter to Victoria A. Espinel, United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in response to a formal request for public comments (due on or before March 24 at 5pm EST-but to be submitted by us well in advance of the deadline) on the topic of increasing IP enforcement (see link to “short explanation” below).
If you would like to offer your support of the CCCC-IP Caucus, please send your name and institutional affiliation to email@example.com on or before Tuesday, midnight EST, March 23, 2010 and it will be included in the designated space on the CCCC-IP Caucus letter (see letter linked above).
Thank you much for your time!
Martine & Traci
Traci Zimmerman, Associate Professor
The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
I am a writing professor at Lansing Community College. I'm also a licensed Michigan attorney. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and do not reflect in any way those of my employer or clients. Nothing I write here can be construed as legal advice.