Rating:

Archeological Resources Protection Act In-Service/Refresher

Profile photo of Cari Kreshak
Primary contact: Cari Kreshak
Where: Online
November 10, 2021

Overview

This four-hour session is designed to let employees in cultural resources and law enforcement know about the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and their role in providing cultural resource protection within the System. Although you won’t leave with a full skill set for coping with ARPA cases, you will have an updated understanding of the Act, the Uniform Regulations, how to recognize a violation when you see it, and what is required to effectively process the crime scene, generate supporting documentation, simultaneously collaborate with your tribal partners, the Assistant United States Attorney and establishing mutually supporting networks with other federal and nonfederal agencies. We hope that this class will stimulate your interest in investigating crimes involving the destruction of archeological resources on federal and Indian lands, and holding accountable those who commit such acts.

This is not an introduction to ARPA; the instructors assume you already have some familiarity with the Act.

The session will be held on-line using Teams. It will be broken into four 50-minute segments. Instructors will be available for Q & A during the breaks between segments.

Part One

  • Introduction and Purpose Statement (10 minutes)
  • History of Archeological Resources Protection (10 minutes)
  • The Law – Title 16 United States Code 470(ee) (a) through (d) (30 minutes)
    [10 minute break]

Part Two

  • The Law – Title 16 United States Code 470(ee) (a) through (d) (30 minutes)
  • Other Legal Avenues 36 CFR 2.1, Title 18 USC 1361, Title 18 USC 641 (20 minutes)
    [10 minute break]

Part Three

  • Standard crime scene investigation/scene processing review: The three-tier process and Intent Issues (40 Minutes)
  • Vandalism and ARPA: The New Executive Order (10 Minutes)
    [10 minute break]

Part Four

  • Field Damage Assessments/Field Investigations (20 Minutes)
  • Writing the Resource Damage Assessment/Review for Case Investigation File (40 minutes)

Learning Objectives

When you leave this class you will:

  • understand the Act and the Uniform Regulations
  • be able to recognize a violation when you see it
  • know what is required to effectively process the crime scene and generate supporting documentation
  • be able to collaborate with tribal partners and the Assistant United States Attorney, and establish mutually supporting networks with other federal and nonfederal agencies

Estimated Completion Time

4 Hour/s

Notes

Presenters:

  • Caven Clark, retired NPS Archeologist
  • Steven Mohlhenrich, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Robert Still, NPS Special Agent

Target Audience: Federal employees with cultural resource and/or law enforcement responsibilities

The ARPA Documents: Damage Assessment and Investigation page contains useful pre-course reading and other resource materials.

 

Write a Review

Arrow pointing upwards. Click this icon to go back to the top of the page.