NAGPRA Overview

There have been numerous developments in the UC System and specifically at UC Berkeley in recent months. These include revisions to CalNAGPRA, an update to the UCOP Policy, and an audit, all of which resulted from tireless effort of tribes to correct shortcomings in our NAGPRA program.  In response to these changes, UC Berkeley has moved responsibility for NAGPRA to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCRO).  Dr. Randy Katz, the Vice Chancellor for Research, is the Chancellor’s Designee, in accordance with the Interim UCOP Policy.  Dr. Thomas Torma is the NAGPRA Liaison and acts as the Repatriation Coordinator for the University.

This page will continue to be updated as the NAGPRA program transitions to the VCRO.  For questions regarding the NAGPRA Program at UC Berkeley, please contact Dr. Torma.

NAGPRA claims and inquiries.  Claims can be made by lineal descendants, tribal chairpersons, or authorized NAGPRA representatives of federally recognized tribes. Inquiries regarding the consultation or repatriation process can be directed to Thomas Torma, e-mail:, phone: (510) 672-5388.

To file a complaint about the claims process, contact Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Linda Rugg, e-mail:   

To file an appeal on a claims decision, contact Vice Chancellor for Research Randy Katz, e-mail:

To make a traditional request for items held by the University, please contact the NAGPRA Liaison at  

Information about loans from the Hearst Museum of Anthropology can be found on the museum's Loan Policies, Procedures and Fees page.

Although the VCRO has responsibility for NAGPRA, the vast majority of NAGPRA eligible holdings are found at the Hearst of Museum of Anthropology.  Visit the Phoebe A Hearst Museum of Anthropology website for more.