The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed in 1990 and established protocols for the transfer of human remains and funerary objects to culturally affiliated tribes.

The law also contains provisions relating to sacred objects and archaeological site protection and antiquities trafficking. NAGPRA applies to museums receiving federal funding and to public land-holding agencies such as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

Since passage of NAGPRA, the museum has actively inventoried and reported its holdings and consulted and collaborated with affiliated Tribes in compliance with the law. In 1993, collections summaries were mailed to about two hundred Native American groups across the country. Inventories were distributed in 1996. Consultation continues and has resulted in publication of Federal Register notices and subsequent repatriations.

Detailed information on Federal Register notices and repatriations by the museum are available at the National Park Service National NAGPRA site. Scroll to “Published Notices." Search for "University of Oregon" or click on "Oregon" under the list of states. Some entries in this second category are listed under a federal agency, e.g. Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Fish and Wildlife, but they relate to museum holdings.

For more information contact Pamela Endzweig, director of anthropological collections, at 541-346-5120 or