United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Nov 21, 2019
The term “cultural items” has the meaning given the term in section 3001 of this title, except that the term does not include human remains.
The term “human remains” means the physical remains of the body of a person of Indian ancestry.
The term “Indian” means an individual who is a member of an Indian tribe.
The term “Indian tribe” means any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or other community the name of which is included on a list published by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to section 5131 of this title.
The term “lineal descendant” means an individual that can trace, directly and without interruption, the ancestry of the individual through the traditional kinship system of an Indian tribe, or through the common law system of descent, to a known Indian, the human remains, funerary objects, or other sacred objects of whom are claimed by the individual.
The term “National Forest System” has the meaning given the term in section 1609(a) of title 16.
The term “reburial site” means a specific physical location at which cultural items or human remains are reburied.
The term “traditional and cultural purpose”, with respect to a definable use, area, or practice, means that the use, area, or practice is identified by an Indian tribe as traditional or cultural because of the long-established significance or ceremonial nature of the use, area, or practice to the Indian tribe.