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Cultural Heritage in Danger: The right to rest in peace: Native American human remains and NAGPRA final rule

After 20 years since its passage as federal law on November 16, 1990 the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA, http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/FHPL_NAGPRA.pdf)is still capable of sparking off controversies and fiery debates among American Indians, cultural institutions, and academics.On December 12th 2010, with a very much trite titles when it comes to Native American repatriation issues, “Bones of Contention”, the New York Times published in its Opinion Page a contribution by Robert L. Kelly, professor of anthropology with the University of Wyoming, who alarmingly warned that the final rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Interior on March 15, 2010 ( http://64.38.12.138/FederalRegister/2010/03/15/2010-5283.asp) regarding the disposition of Native American culturally unidentifiable human remains will “destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening”.

via Cultural Heritage in Danger: The right to rest in peace: Native American human remains and NAGPRA final rule.

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