UC Berkeley NAGPRA Advisory Committee

Introduction to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Advisory Committee

UC Berkeley cares for human remains and cultural objects that were collected from North American archaeological sites and other contexts during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These collections of human remains and cultural objects are temporally and geographically diverse, and Berkeley works diligently to care for them in a respectful and legal manner.

The 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, provides criteria that the university must consider when determining which of these collections are subject to transfer to lineal descendants and federally recognized tribes. As mandated by University of California policy, the Berkeley Campus organizes a committee that reviews NAGPRA actions and advises the Campus NAGPRA Official on a campus-level recommendation. When a recommendation to transfer the materials under NAGPRA is issued, it is then reviewed by a UC system-wide committee. A subsequent, final decision is made by the UC Office of the President.

Appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Campus NAGPRA Advisory Committee is composed of members of diverse cultural and academic backgrounds and charged with providing advice that is consistent with the mission and policies of the University of California, its principles of community for diversity and inclusion, and compliance with federal laws. Each committee member serves a fixed term of service, but can be renewed for an additional term at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Click here to find information about repatriation at UC Berkeley. Inquiries regarding NAGPRA consultation and the repatriation process can be directed to pahma-repatriation@berkeley.edu.

Committee Membership (effective July 1, 2019)

Campus NAGPRA Official, Advisory Committee Chair, Museum Director Ex Officio

  • Randy Howard Katz (Campus NAGPRA official, does not vote on committee) - term as campus official concludes June 30, 2021
  • Sabrina Agarwal (Chair, Anthropology) - term concludes June 30, 2024
  • Benjamin Porter (Phoebe Hearst Museum Director, does not vote on committee) - ex officio

Faculty and Staff At-Large Positions (of any professional background, with strong preference for those with demonstrated personal or professional interests in the Indigenous Peoples of North America)

  • Amy Lonetree - term concludes June 30, 2023
  • Darlene Francis - term concludes June 30, 2023
  • Phenocia Bauerle - term concludes June 30, 2022
  • Melissa Stoner - term concludes June 30, 2021

Faculty with scholarship on topics pertaining to Native American and other Indigenous Peoples

  • Shari Huhndorf - term concludes June 30, 2024
  • Beth Piatote - term concludes June 30, 2023

Faculty with scholarship in Anthropology, Human Evolution, Genetics, Osteology, & Related Fields

  • Daniel Fisher - term concludes June 30, 2021
  • Sabrina Agarwal (Chair) - term concludes June 30, 2024

Faculty with scholarship in Law

  • Seth Davis (systemwide representative) - term concludes June 30, 2024

Members of the Phoebe Hearst Museum's Council of Curators

  • Junko Habu - term concludes June 30, 2023
  • Christine Hastorf - term concludes June 30, 2022

Observers (non-voting)

  • Campus Counsel
  • Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion
  • Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Hearst Museum Head of Cultural Policy and Repatriation

Past Committee Members

  • Ira Jacknis - term concluded June 30, 2019
  • Sonia Katyal - term concluded June 30, 2019 
  • Joe Myers - term concluded June 30, 2019
  • Steve Sugarman - term concluded June 30, 2019