What is CITRC?

The Cahuilla Inter-Tribal Repatriation Committee is a collaborative effort of Cahuilla tribes in southern California for the purpose of repatriation of objects meeting the criteria of the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.


  • Provide information to museums and institutions about the Committee's operations and procedures
  • Assist other tribes considering the formation of a repatriation project or collaborative committee

When CITRC proceeds with repatriation activities with museums all communication will originate from CITRC and responses should be directed to CITRC. The Committee will provide copies of letters of authorization from all member tribes indicating their participation in CITRC and designating their official representatives.


The Committee is comprised predominantly of tribal members but also includes two non-Indian tribal employees. Most of the members of this project are volunteer workers though some are officially employed in this capacity.