Message #117:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: ARPA Convictions List / LOOT Clearinghouse
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 96 09:15:00 MST
Encoding: 149 TEXT

From: Anne Vawser

Richard Waldbauer of the NPS sent me this information about the LOOT 
Clearinghouse and I thought I would pass it along for those of you who 
aren't familar with it.  If you want more information or would like to query 
the database he can be contacted at
Thanks for your interest in the LOOT Clearinghouse.  A briefing statement 
and copy of the LOOT form are attached for your information and use.  If you 
have a specific inquiry you'd like to make on any of the data fields, just 
let me know.  If you have some names you'd like inquired upon, just list 
them.  My assistant, David Tarler, will get back to you quickly with the 
answers, and we can print out a report if you need one.  The LOOT 
Clearinghouse is not comprehensive because it is based upon voluntary 
submissions.  There is no statutory requirement in the Department of Justice 
to report specifically upon archeological protection cases, so LOOT is the 
best database available.  Generally, Federal agencies do a good job in 
sending significant cases to us.
Sincerely, RCWaldbauer
Departmental Consulting Archeologist Archeological Assistance Program 
Briefing April 24, 1996
Subject: Archeological Resource Protection Listing of Outlaw Treachery 
(LOOT) Information Clearinghouse

Issue:  The looting and vandalism of archeological sites robs all the 
citizens of a non-renewable part of their cultural heritage.  Looters 
destroy information which often is the only way we can ever understand how 
people lived in the past.  Archeological sites do not regenerate, nor can 
they be replaced.  The National Strategy for Federal Archeology presented by 
the Department of the Interior stresses goals which will improve agencies' 
stewardship capabilities toward archeological resources.  Three of them 
particularly are important for archeological protection.  They are improved 
information exchange among law enforcement and cultural resources 
professionals, improved public awareness programs, and improved information 
about archeological sites and collections.  In 1988, significant assistance 
for improved stewardship was provided by amendments to the Archaeological 
Resources Protection Act (ARPA, 16 U.S.C. 470aa-mm) which among other things 
requires Federal land managing agencies to develop documents for reporting 
suspected violations.

Status:  Significant progress in conducting archeological law enforcement 
casework has been made based upon availability of technical information, 
field methods training through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center 
(FLETC), and protection program training through AAP.  Since 1987, one of 
the souces for case information has been the Listing of Outlaw Treachery 
(LOOT) Information     Clearinghouse.  The LOOT Clearinghouse contains 
voluntarily submitted summary records of prosecuted cases in both hardcopy 
files and computerized database formats.  There are nearly 300 cases 
currently in LOOT.

A standard LOOT form has been developed to systematically organize case 
information.  The form (NPS 10-29) contains data on such things as arrests, 
indictments, trials, pleas, judgements, sentences, investigative reports, 
court documents, and archeological resources damage assessments.  Federal 
information collection requirements have been met through administrative 
review by the Office of Management and Budget, and LOOT has received 
clearance for its consistency with Federal legal responsibilities such as 
Privacy Act and FOIA issues.  This means any Federal agency may adopt the 
LOOT form as part of their program to comply with Section 14(c) of the 
Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

The case information in LOOT has been used by cultural resources, law 
enforcement, and justice personnel to improve general understanding of 
archeological resources crime as well as to guide case development.  Most 
recently, the LOOT Clearinghouse served as a primary source for compiling 
the Archeological Resources Protection: Federal Prosecution Sourcebook, 
which was co-published with the Department of Justice and serves as a 
principal technical reference for United States Attorneys and departmental 
solicitors.  LOOT also has been used as a source for material in 
archeological protection training.

What is Needed:   Through ongoing cooperation of law enforcement and justice 
personnel in submitting LOOT entries and promoting the participation in LOOT 
by agency managers, the LOOT Clearinghouse can continue to provide current 
summary and comparative information about archeological looting and 
vandalism.  Agency press releases sent with LOOT entries are important as 
well.  These press releases are printed in the Common Ground which is 
distributed to nearly 8,000 agencies and professionals involved in cultural 
resources management and law enforcement.  In addition, press releases are 
mailed to more than 180 editors of other major publications.  This kind of 
information exchange can play a major part in raising public awareness of 
the looting problem and helping to
realize the deterrence effect of efficient casework.
NPS Form 10-29   OMB No. 1024-0111
Approved through 7/31/98


Case Summary
Regional/State Unit:
District/Divisional Unit:
(When indicating dates, please list by month, day, and year)
Incident: (date)
Arrest: (date)
Charges: (Give CFR or USC title and name)
Indictment: (date)
Hearing: (date)
Trial: (date)
Plea - Guilty/Not Guilty: (date)
Judgement - Guilty/Not Guilty: (Indicate misdemeanor/felony/civil for each 
count) (date)
Sentence: (date)
Fine:  $
Forfeiture: (Indicate amount in dollars and/or list items)

Information Provided By:
Date Completed:
U.S. Attorney/Legal Contact:
Narrative Summary: (Use additional sheets if necessary)

Attachments: (Please attach the following, if not available please give name 
and phone number of person who has access to those documents)
1. Investigative Reports (Arrest summaries, evidence logs, etc.)
2. Court Documents (Indictments, motions, sentences, etc.)
3. Archeological Damage Assessment

Paperwork Reduction Act and Estimated Burden Statement
This information is being collected, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 470mm, to provide 
the necessary information needed to complete the Secretary's Report to 
Congress on Federal Archeology Programs, and will be used to allow the 
National Park Service to evaluate Federal archeological protection programs 
and assess compliance with the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 
1979 (16 U.S.C. 470).  Response to this request is voluntary.  No action may 
be taken against you for refusing to supply the information.  The public 
reporting burden for this form is estimated to average 1 hour per response, 
including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining 
data, and completing and reviewing the form.  Direct comments regarding the 
burden estimate or any other aspect of this form to Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, Administrative Services Division, National Park Service, 
P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C.  20013-7127 and the Office of Management 
and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Washington, D.C. 20503.