Tribal University Collections 

CSULB consultation on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA) are guided by Federal NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA and applicable Federal and State laws and policies as well as CSU Policy

Tribal University Collections Management  

California State University, Long Beach recognizes the ethical and legal necessity of preserving the rights of Native American tribes and communities regarding the Native American human remains and artifacts which the University holds or may hold in the future. The University also has as a central part of its mission the obligation to provide education and enlightenment about the past.  

The University is committed to conducting its scholarly and scientific inquiries in a manner that supports the preservation of the cultural identity of peoples and groups. Research and teaching involving Native American human remains and artifacts will only be conducted with the documented permission of the living descendants or, if unavailable, the tribal authorities of the Native American communities identified as the rightful owners of those remains and artifacts.  

CSULB maintains a confidential NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA Lab for culturally sensitive curation and oversight of Native American human remains and artifacts under campus stewardship. The goal of the NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA lab is the complete inventory and repatriation of Native American Burial Remains, Associated and Unassociated Funerary Objects, Sacred Objects, and Other Cultural Patrimony already within the Tribal University Collections.  

The collection is currently closed for new accessions and focused on deaccession of items through the consultation and repatriation and/or reburial process. 

Additional information on California State University collections are made available