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UCLA NAGPRA Committee

By 1993, the UCLA NAGPRA Committee was created to ensure the repatriation of human remains at UCLA to the proper tribes. The committee included representatives from multiple academic disciplines, faculty, staff, and students as well as members of off-campus Native American communities. The committee was charged with providing the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor recommendations on policy and procedures, decisions regarding cultural affiliation or dispositions, and overall implementation of NAGPRA. 

In September 2018, California passed legislation that outlines the composition of the UC and UC campus committees. UCLA will reconstitute the NAGPRA Committee to meet the new requirements once committee members are approved by the Native American Heritage Commission.

Current Members (effective July 1, 2021)

 

Repatriation Project Staff

Travis Armstrong, JD, MA, RPA

Repatriation Coordinator, Curator of Native American Cultures

Email: nagpra@arts.ucla.edu (for NAGPRA inquiries)  

Travis Armstrong (UCLA Law ’00) is Curator of Native American Cultures at the Fowler Museum and UCLA Repatriation Coordinator. He is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Reservation Band of Ojibwe of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Travis is among a select number of members of federally recognized tribes who hold a law degree and graduate degrees in both anthropology and applied archaeology. He also is a Ph.D. student at Flinders University Australia researching the archaeology of traditional land management. Travis has worked for numerous California tribes as a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, tribal archaeologist, Native American monitor, public affairs consultant and writer, as well as serving as an archaeologist for the State of California.

Miztlayolxochitl Aguilera

CalNAGPRA Repatriation Assistant

Miztlayolxochitl Aguilera (Tongva & Mexica) is the repatriation assistant working to facilitate CalNAGPRA consultations. She is a graduate of California State University, Puvungna (Long Beach) with a degree in Chicano and Latino Studies, as well as a certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Miztlayolxochitl is a paddler with the Ti’at Society: Traditional Council of Pimu and an advocate for the revitalization of Tongva maritime culture and language. Her passion for the repatriation of ancestors developed from her participation in the 2016 repatriation and reburial of Tongva ancestors.

Isabell Villasana

International Repatriation Assistant

Isabell Villasana received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Global Health from UC San Diego; following the completion of her Master of Arts in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, she joined the Fowler Museum at UCLA as a Repatriations Assistant. Drawing on her training in California community collaborative archaeology and archaeobotanical analysis, she works with domestic and international communities and governments to facilitate the return of ancestors and belongings. Her key duties include return coordination, provenance research, and repatriation policy implementation.

UCLA NAGPRA Committee Minutes

UCLA NAGPRA Committee Minutes