A Respectful Return

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is fully committed to the repatriation of our Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian collections.


Effective September 15, 2020, as part of our commitment to NAGPRA and to the concerns of Tribal Nations, the university will implement a moratorium on research, teaching, display, imaging, and circulation of human remains and cultural items that are potentially subject to NAGPRA, including all on-site or loaned collections, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Leadership and Advisory Committee

Associate Professor Jenny Davis, the Chancellor’s Fellow of Indigenous Research and Ethics, and NAGPRA Officer Krystiana Krupa lead Illinois’ NAGPRA efforts. An advisory committee informs all NAGPRA activities and develops policies and procedures for campus-wide NAGPRA compliance.

National NAGPRA YouTube Channel

NAGPRA offers a training video series covering topics from grant-writing tips, first-person narratives, program statistics, anecdotal evidence, and in-depth engaging coverage of the entirety of the law and its consequences.

NAGPRA in a Nutshell

Development of NAGPRA

Explore a Claim

Members of tribal communities who would like to explore a claim or consult with the university’s NAGPRA office should email us. If you are a member of a non-affiliated native group, please contact tribal community representatives before reaching out to the university.

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