Report 2019-047 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2019-047: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: The University of California Is Not Adequately Overseeing Its Return of Native American Remains and Artifacts (Release Date: June 2020)

Recommendations to Legislature
Number Recommendation Status

To allow more California tribes to pursue repatriation of remains and artifacts that may belong to them, and consistent with the intent of CalNAGPRA, the Legislature should amend state law to allow more tribes to be eligible for inclusion on the NAHC's list of recognized tribes.

Legislation Enacted
Recommendations to Native American Heritage Commission
Number Recommendation Status

To ensure that more tribes can make repatriation claims, the NAHC should publish the list of recognized California tribes no later than September 2020.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to University of California
Number Recommendation Status

To ensure that the affiliation, repatriation, and disposition processes are timely and consistent across all campuses as the Legislature intended, the Office of the President should publish its final systemwide NAGPRA policy no later than August 2020.

Fully Implemented

To increase oversight and ensure that campuses consistently review claims, the Office of the President should require campuses to provide reports about all current claims for affiliation, repatriation, and disposition, as well as any associated decisions, to the systemwide committee for biannual review no later than January 2021.

Fully Implemented

To ensure that tribal perspectives are appropriately represented in repatriation decisions, the Office of the President should ensure that membership of campus and systemwide committees complies with state law by including appropriate tribal representation no later than November 2020.

Fully Implemented

To increase the transparency of the campuses' NAGPRA collections, the Office of the President should determine whether its campuses have informed tribes about all known missing remains and artifacts no later than August 2020, and if campuses have not done so, determine an appropriate method of communicating with tribes about missing remains and artifacts.

Fully Implemented

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