University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed revised Presidential Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation. The Policy revises the existing Policy and Procedures on Curation and Repatriation of Human Remains and Cultural items. It pertains to the treatment and repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains and cultural items under the University’s stewardship and the University’s compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“NAGPRA”).

The current policy can be found here: Current Policy.

The revised policy can be found here: Revised Policy.

While a revision, the Revised Policy is substantially different and more detailed than the Current Policy. As such there is no redlined version of the Revised Policy. Instead please find some highlights of the significant revisions to the Policy below:

  • Creates a list of principles that emphasizes the repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian remains as a fundamental objective and value of the University.
  • Reconstitutes the Systemwide Committee and Campus Committees to strengthen Native American representation.
  • Requires campuses to appoint a NAGPRA liaison to work with and assist Native American tribes to facilitate repatriation
  • Requires campuses to create a Strategic Repatriation Plan
  • Establishes as policy the respectful stewardship of human remains and cultural items when in the University’s care
  • Establishes tribal consultation and approval requirements for access to human remains for research, instruction, exhibition, or other purposes
  • Provides a more robust mechanism for Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to appeal campus determinations.

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment please submit them to [email protected] by November 13, 2019.