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CSU Statement in Response to State Auditor Report of University’s NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA Compliance



Image of students on campus with the copy "Chancellor Statement" across the middle.

The following statement can be attri​buted to CSU Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester:​

“The California State University deeply respects the sovereignty of Native American tribal communities and will honor their ancestors and sacred ways through a reverent return of ancestral remains and cultural items taken from them and housed on our universities for far too long.

The state audit's recommendations to strengthen our compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) reaffirm the work undertaken by the CSU system and our universities since the update to CalNAGPRA in 2020.

However, we recognize that there is much work still to be done. The CSU is committed to laying the crucial infrastructure that will accomplish repatriation in a timely manner and demonstrate our deep respect, regard and alliance with Native American communities." 

The state audit report can be accessed here: Native American Graves P​rotection and Repatriation Act​


In 2022, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) of the state legislature recommended that the California State Auditor (CSA) audit the California State University's compliance of both NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA. The audit surveyed all CSU campuses regarding the ancestral remains and cultural items in their possession and what progress has been made toward repatriation since the federal law was enacted in 1990 and implemented in 1995. ​Read the CSA 2022-107 audit scope and​ objectives.

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