Report 2019-047 Recommendation 5 Responses
Report 2019-047: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: The University of California Is Not Adequately Overseeing Its Return of Native American Remains and Artifacts (Release Date: June 2020)
Recommendation #5 To: University of California
To increase the transparency of the campuses' NAGPRA collections, the Office of the President should determine whether its campuses have informed tribes about all known missing remains and artifacts no later than August 2020, and if campuses have not done so, determine an appropriate method of communicating with tribes about missing remains and artifacts.
6-Month Agency Response
UCOP and UC Berkeley have jointly developed a plan for communicating with tribes about missing remains and artifacts.
- Completion Date: December 2020
- Response Date: December 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented
60-Day Agency Response
UCOP has confirmed that only the Berkeley campus is aware of missing human remains from collections captured in published inventories and for which it is possible that tribes have not been notified. UCOP and UCB will jointly develop a culturally sensitive plan for informing tribes of missing human remains.
- Completion Date: September 2020
- Response Date: September 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented
Until the Office of the President and Berkeley develop a plan for communicating with tribes about missing remains and artifacts, we will continue to report this recommendation as partially implemented.
- Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.