Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

It is the policy of the University of California to assure the respectful and dignified treatment of human remains and the consideration of living descendants of those deceased. The University recognizes that individuals and communities have cultural and religious concerns that must be considered in determining the treatment and disposition of human remains in its collections. The University maintains these collections as a public trust and is responsible for preserving them according to the highest standards while fulfilling its mission to provide education and understanding about the past and present through continued teaching, research and public service.

The general principles of this policy, as stated above, apply to all human remains in the University's collections. The remainder of this policy pertains to Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains and "cultural items." "Cultural items," as used throughout this policy, refers to associated and unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony, as defined by the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act ("NAGPRA;" P.L. 101-601). This policy is intended to ensure both adherence to the above statement of principles and compliance with NAGPRA.

NAGPRA Contact

If you have questions about the UCSC collections or wish to make a request for repatriation, please contact


University of California Policy and Procedures on Curation and Repatriation of Human Remains and Cultural Items

​National NAGPRA

Campuswide NAGPRA Awareness Raising memo, 4/8/2021