About Inventories and Summaries

Preliminary Inventories and Summaries may be submitted HERE using the template provided here. Guidance for uploading preliminary Inventories and Summaries available here.

Inventories and Summaries Required by CalNAGPRA

The California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA, Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8011) requires all state agencies and museums that receive state funds and have possession or control of California Native American human remains and associated funerary objects, to complete an inventory, or update a preliminary inventory, of all these remains and associated funerary objects on or before January 1, 2022. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8013, subd. (b)(1). Additionally, any state agency or museum that receives state funds and has possession or control over a California Indian tribe’s unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony must provide a written preliminary summary of the objects based on available information held by the agency or museum, on or before January 1, 2022. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8013, subd. (c)(1). The requirements for the inventories and summaries, including requirements for consultation with tribes, are set forth in Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8013, subdivisions (b), (c), and (d).

When must preliminary inventories and summaries be submitted to the Commission?

Agencies and museums subject to CalNAGPRA’s requirement to complete preliminary inventories and/or summaries must complete these on or before January 1, 2022, and then must provide a copy of the preliminary inventory and/or summary to the Native American Heritage Commission (Commission) within 90 days of completion. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8013, subdivisions (b), (c), and (d).

What format must preliminary inventories and summaries be submitted in?

The Commission is requesting that state agencies and museums that are subject to CalNAGPRA utilize the Excel template provided here for the submission of inventories and summaries.

Guidance for Inventories

  • Data Fields Inventories
  • An “inventory” is an itemized list that summarizes the collection of Native American human remains and associated funerary objects in the possession or control of an agency or museum. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8012, subd. (h).

Guidance for Summaries

  • Data Fields Summaries
  • A “summary” is a document that summarizes the collection of unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony in the possession or control of an agency or museum. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8012, subd. (o). Because it may not be clear whether Native American objects are cultural items, all museum collections of Native American ethnographic or archaeological objects shall be included in the preliminary summary. Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 8013, subd. (c)(1).

Where should the inventories and summaries be submitted?

Preliminary Inventories and Summaries may be submitted HERE.