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This chapter shall be known, and may be cited as the
California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of
It is the intent of the Legislature to do all of the
(a) Provide a seamless and consistent state policy to ensure that
all California Indian human remains and cultural items be treated
with dignity and respect.
(b) Apply the state's repatriation policy consistently with the
provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation
Act (25 U.S.C. Sec. 3001 et seq.), which was enacted in 1990.
(c) Facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the federal
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act with respect
to publicly funded agencies and museums in California.
(d) Encourage voluntary disclosure and return of remains and
cultural items by an agency or museum.
(e) Provide a mechanism whereby lineal descendants and culturally
affiliated California Indian tribes that file repatriation claims for
human remains and cultural items under the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. Sec. 3001 et seq.) or
under this chapter with California state agencies and museums may
request assistance from the commission in ensuring that state
agencies and museums are responding to those claims in a timely
manner and in facilitating the resolution of disputes regarding those
(f) Provide a mechanism whereby California tribes that are not
federally recognized may file claims with agencies and museums for
repatriation of human remains and cultural items.