Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires Federal agencies or any institution receiving Federal funding complete summaries (43 CFR 10.8) and inventories (43 CFR 10.9) for collections that include human remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony, and to notify possible lineal descendants, culturally affiliated tribes, or Native Hawaiian Organizations. NAGPRA (25 USC 3002 Section 5) became Federal Law upon November 16th, 1990. Holdings which include Native American remains, funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony are subject to repatriation to lineal descendants, culturally affiliated tribes or Native Hawaiian Organizations.
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) is committed to fulfilling the University’s responsibilities under NAGPRA. The staff at the Archaeological Curation Facility is actively inventorying collections, consulting with tribal representatives, and other tasks necessary under the law to repatriate ancestral remains to descendant communities.
For more information regarding NAGPRA, please visit the National NAGPRA website.