CSU Appoints Collections Manager to Support Preservation of Heritage, Artifacts and Tribal Culture of Native American Peoples
California State University, the nation’s largest four-year public university, has appointed Adriane Tafoya as the new project manager for the California Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (CalNAGPRA). In this role, she will work with culturally affiliated tribes throughout the state to identify and repatriate the remains of their ancestors and other cultural artifacts.
Tafoya will assist the 23 campuses in the CSU system to comply with CalNAGPRA and the requirements of Assembly Bill 275, particularly regarding the production of new inventories of all Native American collections held by each campus.
The CalNAGPRA, which was passed in 2001, requires all agencies and museums that receive state funding and that own or control collections of California Native American human remains, cultural objects, and grave goods inventory these remains and objects to repatriate them to the appropriate California Indian. Tribe. AB 275, a bill passed in 2020, further defined and clarified the repatriation process and also required state agencies to designate a liaison to engage and consult with Native American tribes in California.
Tafoya will work out of the Chico State Office of Tribal Relations and report to University President Gayle Hutchinson, who is CSU’s Presidential Advisor for its Native American Initiative.
Tafoya is currently Senior Director of Collections at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and serves on UT’s NAGPRA committee. She is originally from California and a member of the Tejon (Kitanemuk) Indian tribe. His experience includes NAGPRA duties in California and Tennessee. She has worked in the field of museum collections for more than 20 years and has held collection management positions in art and history museums, university museums and private collections.
“The CSU has thousands of collections to inventory. Adriane’s strong background in project management and teaching museum studies, along with her passion for the important work of CalNAGPRA, makes her an ideal fit to take on this job,” said Rachel McBride-Praetorius, Director of Relations tribes in Chico State.
Tafoya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Chico State and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She is currently working with students to complete museum curatorial projects at the University of Tennessee and will begin with the CSU system on June 1.