NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVES PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION ACT: A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF PUBLIC LAW NO. 101-601
Item #: 72396
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2012.
Subjects: LEGISLATIVE HISTORY, NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN LAW
This Act attempts to remedy the long history of mishandling of Native American and Native Hawaiian remains and funerary objects by collectors and museums. It provides that ownership or control vests with the lineal descendants or with the organization on whose land they were located or which has the closest cultural affiliation. The Act has been critized for its unclear definitions of "cultural affiliation", "sacred objects", and "Native American" and for the failure to provide for DNA testing to determine the group with the closest affiliation. The most controversial aspect has been the creation of a conflict between museums and scientists who wish to retain their items and Native Americans and Hawaiians who are anxious to reclaim them. The set includes the text of the Act, related bills, relevant reports and hearings, House and Senate Debates, GAO reports.
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