NAGPRA Statement

Statement on NAGPRA and Repatriation

The SJSU Anthropology Department is committed to helping the University fully comply with state and federal laws collectively known as NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), including California Assembly Bill 275. Our department supports efforts to repatriate Native American human remains, artifacts, and other objects of cultural patrimony. 

Our department also reaffirms its commitment to serving as a liaison between the University, the United States NAGPRA Office, and the California Native American Heritage Commission; to participating in CSU’s systemwide repatriation efforts; and to consultation-driven curation and cooperation with the Muwekma Ohlone and other Native American descendant communities on the timely repatriation of the University’s collections. Since NAGPRA was first implemented in 1990, SJSU Anthropology Department faculty, staff, and student researchers have carefully complied with state and federal legislation, and we will continue to do so in the future.

For more information, please contact the Anthropology Department chair, Roberto González, at

Approved by a majority vote of the Department Standing Committee on April 29, 2021