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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 and the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA) of 2001 establish the legal rights of lineal descendants, Tribal Nations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations with regard to their ancestral remains and cultural items (funerary objects, sacred items, and objects of cultural patrimony).

The laws respectively require any institution receiving federal/state funding to complete summaries and inventories of collections that may contain ancestral remains or cultural items, and to notify and consult with possible lineal descendants, culturally affiliated Tribal Nations, or Native Hawaiian Organizations on the repatriation and appropriate handing of these collections.

For more information regarding NAGPRA, please visit the National NAGPRA website.

For more information on CalNAGPRA, please visit the NAHC's CalNAGPRA website.

NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA at Sacramento State

Sacramento State holds Native American ancestral remains and cultural items from numerous localities, primarily located in Northern California. These are housed in the campus Archaeological Curation Facility (ACF), which acts as a repository for collections generated by past Department of Anthropology fieldwork and collections controlled by other state and federal agencies, and in the Museum of Anthropology.

Sacramento State is committed to fulfilling the University’s responsibilities under NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA. Repatriation activities at Sacramento State are led by a core staff with oversight by the Office of the President and the NAGPRA Implementation Committee. Mark Wheeler, Senior Advisor to the President, serves as the campus NAGPRA Designee. For questions regarding NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA at Sacramento State, please contact the NAGPRA Coordinator, Sarah Eckhardt via email at Sarah.eckhardt@csus.edu, telephone at (916) 278-6292 or mail at:

Sarah Eckhardt
NAGPRA Coordinator
Office of the President, MS 6106
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6106

Campus NAGPRA Advisory Committee

Sacramento State NAGPRA Implementation Committee oversees and counsels the University on matters relating to NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA. This includes making recommendations that are consistent with legislation and the mission of the University; offering recommendations on policies and procedures; reviewing claims and requests submitted by tribal nations; and providing guidance on other aspects of the appropriate implementation of repatriation law. The committee meets monthly.

Currently, committee members include representatives of the University’s Anthropology Department, Ethnic Studies Department and Native American Studies program, one external public agency representative, and three outside representatives from California Tribal Nations. This composition will be updated to meet the requirements set by CalNAGPRA upon the nomination and appointment of committee members by the NAHC and California State University Chancellor’s Office.

Vacancies to the committee will be announced and nomination forms and instructions can be accessed through the Chancellor's Office.

Name Title Association  Role
Mark Wheeler Senior Advisor to the President; NAGPRA Designee Sacramento State Non-voting
Dianne Hyson Dean of SSIS Sacramento State Non-voting
Jacob Fisher Professor of Anthropology; Committee Chair Sacramento State Voting
Anthony Burris Assistant Professor of Native American Studies Sacramento State Voting
Annette Reed Chair of Ethnic Studies Department; Professor of Native American Studies Sacramento State Voting
Rose Soza War Soldier Assistant Professor of Native American Studies Sacramento State Voting
Megon Noble NAGPRA Project Manager UC Davis Voting
Josef Fore Tribal Historic Preservation Officer United Auburn Indian Community Voting
Yvonne Perkins Tribal Council Member and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Voting
Andy Godsey Site Monitor Supervisor Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Voting

Published Notices

The table below provides a list of Notices of Inventory Completion and Notices of Intent to Repatriate that Sacramento State has published to the Federal Register. Some are published in partnership with other Universities, or state and federal agencies.

Site/Collection Type of Notice Date Published Status MNI Number of Objects Citation/Link
CA-NAP-26, NAP-52, NAP-74, NAP-87, NAP-94, NAP-97, NAP-98, SOL-Green Valley Notice of Inventory Completion 06/03/2024 Repatriated 42 10,484 Vol. 89, No 107, Page 47603-47604
CA-NAP-47, NAP-79, NAP-88, NAP-99, NAP-100, NAP-108, NAP-109, NAP-112, NAP-113, S-NAP-3, S-NAP-4, SOL-30, SOL-55, SOL-281 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 06/03/2024 Repatriated 0 291 Vol. 89, No 107, Page 47599-47600
CA-BUT-60, -61, -303, -304 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 05/09/2024 Claimed 0 311 Vol. 89, No. 91, Page 39640-39641
CA-BUT-301, -302, -669 Notice of Inventory Completion 05/09/2024 Claimed 9 61,419 Vol. 89, No. 91, Page 39645-39646
CA-YOL-13, 18, 44, 45, 51, 52, 58, Hall Mound, and Unnamed Site Notice of Inventory Completion 04/16/2024 Repatriated 18 6,346 Vol. 89, No. 74, Page 26912-13
CA-YOL-07, 42, 47, 49, unknown location in Yolo County Notice of Intent to Repatriate 04/16/2024 Repatriated 0 106 Vol. 89, No. 74, Page 26914
CA-AMA-06, 07, 21, 25, 41, 51, 53, 65, 67, 78, 96, 97, 105, 255 Correction 03/08/2024 Repatriated 0 108 Vol. 89, No. 47, Page 16797
CA-AMA-04, -05, -08, -45, -50, -76 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 03/08/2024 Repatriated 0 18,985 Vol. 89, No. 47, Page 16797-98
CA-AMA-03, -23, -49, -70, 91 Notice of Inventory Completion 03/08/2024 Repatriated 31 26,365 Vol. 89, No. 40, Page 16790-92
CA-SAC-17, -57, -217, -224, -234, -243, -250, -277, -278, -279, -280, -315, -320, -370, -390, “Cosumnes Plowed Site #1”, “Cameron Ranch”, “Bottimore Ranch” and three unknown locations within Sacramento County Notice of Intent to Repatriate 02/28/2024 Multiple Claims / Partially Repatriated  0 372 Vol. 89, No. 40, Page 14705-06
CA-SAC-29 Notice of Inventory Completion 02/28/2024 Repatriated 486 643,304 Vol. 89, No. 40, Page 14704-05
CA-SAC-39, -53, -54, -67, -116, -117, -125, -129, -133, -134, -135, -136 , -147, -164, -168, -185, -194, -202, -203, -205, -208, -221, -225, -230, -237, -239, -241, -265, -267, -285, -476/H, “Cabin Site”, “Horst Ranch”, an unknown site near Rancho Cordova, and an unknown site in Sacramento County Notice of Inventory Completion 02/28/2024 Multiple Claims / Partially Repatriated 194 100,318 Vol. 89, No. 40, Page 14707-10
CA-SAC-16, -26, -31, -32, 192, and -199 Notice of Inventory Completion 2/22/2024 Repatriated 104 402,234
Vol. 89, No. 36, Page 13360-61
CA-PLA-36, 38, 47, 63, 64, 66, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 83, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 99, 105, 106, 107, 225, 271, 292, 663, 2879, 2907, 2908, CA-YUB-05, and sites without trinomials Notice of Intent to Repatriate 10/23/2023 Repatriated 0 53 lots Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 27285-27286
CA-PLA-14, 41, 68, 85, 86, 87, 142, 194, unknown Notice of Inventory Completion 10/23/2023 Repatriated 27 71 lots Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 72786-72788
CA-YUB-27 and YUB-751 Notice of Inventory Completion 10/23/2023 Repatriated 12 23 lots Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 72781-72782
CA-SUT-32 Notice of Inventory Completion 10/23/2023 Repatriated 2 0 Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 72779-72780
CA-SAC-127 Amendment 10/23/2023 Repatriated 0 3 Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 72790-72791
CA-SAC-166 Notice of Inventory Completion 10/23/2023 Repatriated 0 1 Vol. 88, No. 203, Page 72780-72781
CA-SAC-159 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 8/28/2023 Repatriated 0 2 Vol. 88, No. 165, Page 58616-58617
CA-SAC-42 Notice of Inventory Completion 8/28/2023 Repatriated 8 18,006 Vol. 88, No. 165, Page 58609-58610
CA-SAC-06, 21, 56, 66, 72/73, 75, 85, 106, 107, 126, Fessler Mound, Oak Tree Notice of Inventory Completion 7/21/2023 Repatriated 62 21,565 Vol. 88, No. 139 Page 47160-47162
CA-YOL-30 Notice of Inventory Completion 7/21/2023 Repatriated 2 10 Vol. 88, No. 139, Page 47166-47167
CA-SAC-01, 25, 28, 35, 43, 64, 109, 111, 197, Sherman Island, and Unknown; CA-YOL-29, 53, and 54  Notice of Intent to Repatriate 7/21/2023 Repatriated 0 1,061 Vol. 88, No. 139, Page 47170 
CA-STA-Unknown; CA-TUO-Tulloch Cave, Etnazum Cave, Sonora, Unknown; and Sierra Foothills of Northern California  Notice of Intent to Repatriate 06/16/2023 Repatriated 0 29 Vol. 88, No. 116, Page 39453-39454
CA-TUO-Cave Man Cave Notice of Inventory Completion 06/16/2023 Repatriated 1 0 Vol. 88, No. 116, Page 39454-39455
CA-YOL-15 and YOL-106 Notice of Inventory Completion 03/02/2023 Repatriated 5 520 Vol. 88, No. 41, Page 13148-13149
CA-YOL-16, YOL-71, and unknown sites in the Capay Valley Notice of Intent to Repatriate 03/02/2023 Repatriated 0 61 Vol. 88, No. 41, Page 13147
CA-AMA-06, 07, 21, 25, 41, 51, 53, 65, 67, 78, 96, 97, 105, 255 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 03/02/2023 Repatriated 0 108 Vol. 88, No. 41, Page 13146-13147
CA-SAC-127 Notice of Inventory Completion 03/02/2023 Repatriated 378 24,850 Vol. 88, No. 41, Page 13147-13148
CA-SAC-113 Notice of Inventory Completion 03/02/2023 Repatriated 1 323 Vol. 88, No. 41, Page 13147-13148
CA-SAC-16 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 09/27/2021 Repatriated 0 393 Vol. 86, No. 184, Page 53344-53345
CA-SAC-16 Notice of Inventory Completion 09/27/2021 Repatriated 0 428 Vol. 86, No. 184, Page 53343-53344 
CA-SAC-166 Notice of Inventory Completion 04/22/2021 Repatriated 10 7,069 Vol. 86, No. 76, Page 21346-21347
Zallio (CA-SBA-Happy Canyon)  Notice of Intent to Repatriate 04/22/2021 No Claims or Requests 0 2 Vol. 86, No. 76, Page 21345-21346
Zallio (CA-SBA-Sudden #1) Notice of Inventory Completion 04/22/2021 No Claims or Requests 1 1 Vol. 86, No. 76, Page 21344-21345
Zallio (CA-SAC-157) Notice of Inventory Completion  08/03/2020 Repatriated 0 42 Vol. 85, No. 149, Page 46704-46705
CA-SJO-91 Correction 04/04/2018 Repatriated 0 4,670 Vol. 83, No. 65, Page 14496
Zallio (Nisenan Portion) Correction 04/28/2015 Repatriated N/A N/A Vol. 80, No. 81, Page 23577-23578
Zallio (CA-SAC-06, SAC-21, SAC-56, SAC-66, SAC-72/73, SAC-75, SAC-85, SAC-109, SAC-113, SAC-120, SAC-122, SAC-126, SJO-68, YOL-45, YOL-49, YOL-53) Notice of Inventory Completion  02/06/2015 Repatriated 66 33 Vol. 80, No. 25, Page 6751-6755 
Zallio (CA-SAC-157, YOL-13) Notice of Inventory Completion  02/04/2015 Repatriated 7 0 Vol. 80, No. 23, Page 6118-6119 
Zallio (CA-SAC-26, SAC-29, PLA-Rose Spring Mound)  Notice of Intent to Repatriate 02/04/2015 Repatriated 0 14 Vol. 80, No. 23, Page 6130-6131
Zallio (Unknown locations in Amador, Sacramento and Yolo Counties) Notice of Inventory Completion 02/04/2015 Repatriated 146 16 Vol. 80, No. 23, Page 6121-6124 
Zallio (CA-SAC-06, SAC-21, SAC-56, SAC-66, SAC-72/73, SAC-109, SAC-113, YOL-45, YOL-53 and YOL-54) Notice of Intent to Repatriate  02/04/2015 Repatriated 0 163 Vol. 80, No. 23, Page 6132-6135
Zallio (CA-COL-01 and COL-02) Notice of Inventory Completion 02/04/2015 Repatriated 7 0 Vol. 80, No. 23, Page 6102-6104
CA-SJO-17 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 09/10/2014 Repatriated 0 199 Vol. 79, No. 175, Page 53779-53780
CA-SJO-17 Notice of Inventory Completion 09/10/2014 Repatriated 15 42 Vol. 79, No. 175, Page 53760-53761
CA-SAC-16 Notice of Inventory Completion 03/15/2011 Repatriated 123 3,451 Vol. 76, No. 50, Page 14052-14054
CA-SAC-16 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 03/15/2011 Repatriated 0 527 Vol. 76, No. 50, Page 14049-14050
CA-SJO-91 Notice of Inventory Completion  03/15/2011 Repatriated 498 4,667 Vol. 76, No. 50, Page 14055-14056
CA-SJO-91 Notice of Intent to Repatriate 03/15/2011 Repatriated 0 393 Vol. 76, No. 50, Page 14047-14048 
CA-SHA-385, CA-SHA-395, CA-SHA-396, CA-SHA-409 Notice of Inventory Completion  09/13/2005 Repatriated 8 0 Vol. 70, No. 176, Page 54074-54075

CalNAGPRA Inventories/Summaries

Sacramento State submitted Preliminary Inventories and Summaries of our archaeological and ethnographic collections from California to the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), as required under CalNAGPRA. These inventories and summaries are now available for review on the NAHC's website.

Sacramento State NAGPRA Policies & Procedures  

Sacramento State is currently drafting updated NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA policies and procedures that will be posted here once they have been finalized and approved.

NAGPRA Forms

The table below provides links to the forms Sacramento State uses for NAGPRA. Each form should be completed and sent to the NAGPRA Coordinator, Sarah Eckhardt, either via email or mail to:

Sarah Eckhardt
NAGPRA Coordinator
Office of the President, MS 6106
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6106

For help drafting a claim, please reach out to the NAGPRA Coordinator.

Form Name and Link Description
Consultation/Visit/Viewing Request Form Used by interested lineal descendants and tribes to arrange a consultation/visit/viewing of a NAGPRA collection(s) held at Sacramento State. 
Records Request  Used to request access to the ACF's archives. These are processed on a case by case basis.
Supplemental Signature Form  Used to record the signatures, names, tribes, and dates of authorized NAGPRA Designees for tribes submitting a claim or request together. Tribes filing jointly should still submit a claim letter or Request Form to identify the specific collection(s) and/or object(s) they are claiming or requesting. However, the “Supplemental Signature Form” must accompany the claim letter or Request Form so that the University has written verification that each participating tribe has authorized the joint claim or request.

Sacramento State Resources

California State University System Resources

External Resources