Report 2022-107 Recommendation 2 Responses

Report 2022-107: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: The California State University Must Do More to Ensure the Timely Return of Native American Remains and Cultural Items to Tribes (Release Date: June 2023)

Recommendation #2 To: University, California State

To ensure that campuses have identified all of the remains and cultural items in their NAGPRA collections, the Chancellor's Office should ensure that campuses properly consult with tribes by engaging in meaningful, timely discussion in a manner respectful of tribal sovereignty regarding protocols for handling and identifying remains and cultural items.

6-Month Agency Response

On October 30, 2023, the Chancellor's Office provided all 21 campuses with NAGPRA collections with the Campus Repatriation Implementation Plan (Plan). A draft of the Plan was shared with the Native American Heritage Commission executive secretary and staff attorney for their review and their feedback was incorporated.

Included in the Plan is guidance for the campuses in establishing contact with tribes and engaging in meaningful consultations as they conduct the work of inventorying the collections. Many campuses are already engaged in the consultation process.

In addition, a virtual training session was conducted on September 27, 2023, and an in-person workshop was held at Fresno State on October 30, 2023. Representatives from 20 campuses and the Chancellor's Office attended either the live virtual training or in-person workshop. Sessions included guidance on proper consultation with tribes. Individuals who were not able to attend the training or workshop can access the training materials and recordings on the Chancellor's Office's NAGPRA website on the CSU portal as well as on CSU Learn. The website was created in March 2023 and the site has been continually updated. Another in-person training event is planned for April 2024 at CSU San Bernardino.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

The Chancellor's Office will provide systemwide training and develop a systemwide consultation policy to ensure that campuses properly consult with tribes. The systemwide NAGPRA coordinator and campus NAGPRA coordinators are working with systemwide learning and development experts to create the training. The initial training module is scheduled to go live in August 2023.

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2022-107

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.