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Posted on 02/26/2006 8:32:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv
...NAGPRA, has had the unintentional result of preventing the gathering of information. Elizabeth Weiss, an anthropology professor at San Jose State University, says she examined data from the past three decades to determine how NAGPRA affected research.
"I know there were a lot of predictions about NAGPRA, but standardizations did not occur, the number of sites looked at decreased in the meantime, research in South America and Europe by scholars has increased, which would suggest they are avoiding America because of NAGPRA," Weiss told the Native American Times, saying that she thought some anthropologists could be worried by the possibility of "repatriation claims and complying with NAGPRA taking up their research."
...While saying "NAGPRA has certain benefits," Weiss acknowledges that any criticism of a law designed to protect Native American remains will be controversial in some quarters.
"I got some angry e-mails and I think they had a misunderstanding of anthropology research," she said. "There was an assumption that I or any other anthropologist would want to unbury remains. I have no intention of doing that and I would never go into a cemetery and dig it up. But if something is uncovered I would rather see it be saved than destroyed."
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