COVID-19 NAHC Office Closure Notice

COVID-19 Update

Please note that public hours for the NAHC office are currently suspended as a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19. However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, the NAHC remains open for business and you can contact staff by email and regular mail. Because our office has transitioned to full telework for the duration of this emergency event, there may be some delay as staff work to respond to all requests in a timely manner. General inquiries may be sent to the addresses listed on our Contact Page. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the guidance on general health and safety best practices from the California Department of Public Health:

* Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

* Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

* Minimize hand shaking or hugging.


The California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC or Commission), created in statute in 1976 (Chapter 1332, Statutes of 1976), is a nine-member body whose members are appointed by the Governor. The NAHC identifies, catalogs, and protects Native American cultural resources -- ancient places of special religious or social significance to Native Americans and known ancient graves and cemeteries of Native Americans on private and public lands in California. The NAHC is also charged with ensuring California Native American tribes’ accessibility to ancient Native American cultural resources on public lands, overseeing the treatment and disposition of inadvertently discovered Native American human remains and burial items, and administering the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA), among many other powers and duties.