The policy statement, last updated in 2007, offers leadership in how to properly plan for and consider burial sites, human remains, and funerary objects in federal decision making. This update is being pursued, among other reasons, to:

(1) more specifically speak to issues of concern to Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiians, and the African American community;

(2) provide more descriptive and action-oriented policy principles; and,

(3) to update and improve language to account for the increased diversity of perspectives that participate in the field of historic preservation.