FAQ and Answers

Who does CalNAGPRA apply to?

CalNAGPRA applies to any state agency or museum that receives state funds that has possession or control of California Native American human remains and associated funerary objects, unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, §§ 8012, subd. (i), 8013.

Under CalNAGPRA, “Agency” means a division, department, bureau, commission, board, council, city, county, city and county, district, or other political subdivision of the state. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8012, subd. (a).

“Museum” means an agency, museum, person, or entity, including a higher educational institution, that receives state funds. For CalNAGPRA purposes, “receives states funds” means that the museum has received funds after January 1, 2002, from a state agency through a grant, loan, or contract, other than a procurement contract, or other arrangement by which a state agency makes available aid in the form of funds. State funds provided for any purpose to a larger entity of which the museum is a part of are considered as the museum receiving those funds for the purposes of CalNAGPRA.

Can CalNAGPRA apply if federal NAGPRA applies?

CalNAGPRA can apply to collections also subject to federal NAGPRA in circumstances where institutions receive both federal and state funding.

Can the Native American Heritage Commission extend the deadlines created by CalNAGPRA?

The deadlines in the statute were set by the legislature and it is not within the Commission’s purview to alter them.

What format should the inventories and summaries be submitted in?

The Commission is in the process of developing a standardized format for inventories and summaries, including the required data fields, and anticipates having the format publicly available by the end of November 2021.

Where should the inventories and summaries be submitted?

The Commission is in the process of developing a page on its website specifically for the submission of inventories and summaries, and anticipates having the webpage publicly available by the end of November 2021.

Are there CalNAGPRA Regulations?

The Commission is currently drafting CalNAGPRA regulations. Further information will be forthcoming.