Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) issued the Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Interim Policy on July 24, 2020 to clarify the process by which all UC campuses will implement the Federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and California NAGPRA (CalNAGPRA). NAGPRA protects Native American graves and requires repatriation of Native American human remains and certain cultural items. The Interim Policy substantially revised the previous policy to promote the repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, and to increase accountability and transparency across all UC campuses. UCSF is fully committed to the goal of repatriation as well as implementation of this policy and relevant laws.

NAGPRA Contact

Claims and inquiries. Please contact the UCSF Repatriation Point of Contact, Polina Ilieva at or 415-476-1024 with any questions regarding the policy, if you wish to make a request for repatriation or inquire about a consultation. Additionally, Nasreen Broomand, UCSF NAGPRA intern, contributes to UCSF's repatriation efforts by assisting Ms. Ilieva with collection management, documentation, and communications in support of NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA Policies. NAGPRA claims can be made by lineal descendants, tribal chairpersons, or authorized NAGPRA representatives of federally recognized tribes.

To file a complaint about the claims process, contact the UCSF Chancellor's Designee, Deborah Ohiomoba at or 415-770-4540.

To file an appeal on a claims decision, please contact the UCSF Chancellor at or 415-476-6582.

NAGPRA Communications

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