AB 978, Steinberg. Native American graves protection and
Existing law contains provisions regarding the regulation of human
remains disposal and burials.
This bill, the California Native American Graves Protection and
Repatriation Act of 2001, would require all state agencies and museums
that receive state funding and that have possession or control over
collections of human remains or cultural items, as defined, to complete
an inventory and summary of these remains and items on or before
January 1, 2003, with certain exceptions, would provide a process for the
identification and repatriation of these items to the appropriate tribes,
and would authorize the imposition of civil penalties for failure to
comply with the requirements of this bill. The bill would also establish
the Repatriation Oversight Commission, composed of 10 members,
with specified duties relating to the repatriation process.