25 U.S.C. § 3056 Prohibition On Disclosure

LibraryUnited States Statutes
CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Citation25 U.S.C. § 3056

(a) Nondisclosure of information

(1) In general

The Secretary shall not disclose under section 552 of title 5 (commonly known as the "Freedom of Information Act"), information relating to-

(A) subject to subsection (b)(l),1 human remains or cultural items reburied on National Forest System land under section 3053 of this title; or

(B) subject to subsection (b)(2), resources, cultural items, uses, or activities that-

(i) have a traditional and cultural purpose; and

(ii) are provided to the Secretary by an Indian or Indian tribe under an express expectation of confidentiality in the context of forest and rangeland research activities carried out under the authority of the Forest Service.

(2) Limitations on disclosure

Subject to subsection (b)(2), the Secretary shall not be required to disclose information under section 552 of title 5 (commonly known as the "Freedom of Information Act"), concerning the identity, use, or specific location in the National Forest System of-

(A) a site or resource used for traditional and cultural purposes by an Indian tribe; or

(B) any cultural items not covered under section 3053 of this title.

(b) Limited release of information

(1) Reburial

The Secretary may disclose information described in subsection (a)(l)(A) 2 if, before the disclosure, the Secretary-

(A) consults with an affected Indian tribe or lineal descendent;

(B) determines that disclosure of the information-

(i) would advance the purposes of this chapter; and

(ii) is necessary to protect the human remains or cultural items from harm, theft, or destruction; and

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