.Repatriation at UC Berkeley

In June 2020 the State Auditor conducted a Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act  (NAGPRA) audit finding the University of California (UC) is not adequately overseeing its return of Native American remains and artifacts. UC Berkeley has completed repatriation of only 20% of its NAGPRA eligible remains and artifacts. The UC has issued an Interim Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation including a summary of the policy here. Tribal comments are encouraged and due by May 31, 2021. Please contact Nazune Menka at nazune@berkeley.edu if you would like to attend a comment writing webinar in April 2021.

For a overview of AB 275 changes and concerns about the UC Repatriation Policy please see this webinar.

For information on NAGPRA Repatriation requests at UC Berkeley contact  NAGPRA Liaison Dr. Tom Torma at t.torma@berkeley.edu.  You can request Research Visits & Information from the Hearst Museum here. To view the archival material housed at the Hearst Museum click here.

The National Park Service provides grants to Tribes and museums annually with the current grant cycle due March 21, 2021.

For more information on  Native American Cultural Resources located at UC Berkeley please see this Report by a 2019 Working Group.

The California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) was established in 1976 and serves as the “primary government agency responsible for identifying and cataloging Native American cultural resources.” Here is a December 2020 NAHC webinar on the one version of the  Interim UC Native American Cultural Affiliation & Repatriation Policy.