San Francisco State University is firmly committed to the repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items whenever possible and to the respectful curation of cultural materials at all times. The primary goal of the SF State NAGPRA Program is to return ancestral remains and cultural objects to Native American communities.

SF State University has served as a repository for Native American and non-Native American cultural materials for over 50 years. The NAGPRA Program is responsible for approximately 500 cultural site collections originating from 36 counties in California. 78 of the site collections are known to contain human remains, and/or funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. The NAGPRA Program is also responsible for Native American cultural items at the Treganza Anthropology Museum (TAM). The TAM collections include cultural items from various areas across the U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.

The SF State NAGPRA Program began in 1996. SF State NAGPRA Summaries, Inventories, Notices, and Culturally Unidentifiable Native American Inventory have been submitted to the National NAGPRA Program. NAGPRA compliance is an ongoing process at SF State. All of our documents are subject to change as tribal groups become federally recognized, NAGPRA laws are revised, and collection records are updated.


For more information,


Michelle Fitzgerald, Ph.D., RPA

NAGPRA Coordinator, San Francisco State University

C/O AIS College of Ethnic Studies EP 103
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132
Phone: 415-338-3075


Kathy Wallace

Cultural Liaison NAGPRA Program, San Francisco State University

C/O American Indian Studies Department
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132
Phone: 415-338-3075 (NAGPRA office)


Support the NAGPRA Program with a Charitable Donation

Please consider supporting the NAGPRA program’s efforts with a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation by clicking on the donation button below and selecting the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Program allocation on the online donation form.


Donate by Mail

To make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to the "University Corporation, San Francisco State" with “NAGPRA Program Donation 47129” noted on the memo line to:

Office of University Development
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 153
San Francisco, CA 94132

For questions about making a donation or to learn how to make a gift to the NAGPRA program in your will or trust, please contact Alex Sanchez, director of development, at 415-338-1032 or