Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) provides a process for descendants and tribes to request the return of human remains and defined cultural items from museums and federal agencies. Additional details can be found at the National NAGPRA Program website.

The University and the Museum of Anthropology are committed to fostering ethical anthropological practices, striving to follow NAGPRA's mandate in our own collections and to provide resources and support to advance compliance with that mandate at other institutions across the nation.


The Museum of Anthropology works closely with Tribal Nations to provide intellectual and physical access to the collection with the goal of one day repatriating all of the Native American human remains and NAGPRA cultural items. In recent years, we have focused on developing consensus on the disposition of human remains (and associated funerary objects) that could not be culturally affiliated, as well as working towards the repatriation of remains already published in Notices of Inventory Completion.

Please contact the NAGPRA Coordinator for more information on NAGPRA at DU.

Contact NAGPRA

Anne Amati

NAGPRA Coordinator/Registrar

DU Campus

NAGPRA Community of Practice

Practitioners at DUMA and beyond are striving to build a community of practice that supports NAGPRA implementation by providing resources and fostering collaboration between experts across disciplines.

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