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October 10, 2004

Political Science

A few days ago Moira Breen emailed me about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The lowdown is that the act would make it so that all human remains on federal lands would be assumed to be 'Native American'. The implication is that study of these remains would be up to modern Native American tribes.

Moira has three posts with more detail, here, here and here (I demand that you at least read the last post).

Look, Native Americans can believe that "they were always here," like their "elders" tell them, but they can't ram that down the throats of other people. This is multiculturalism & interest group politics run amok. I could go on, and on, and on, but the short of it is that Native American Creationism is just as idiotic as Christian fundamentalist Creationism. Unfortunately multiculturalism has a tendency to elevate non-white idiocy above the level of plain old nonsense.

Related: An audio file of a radio show all about Kennewick Man.

Posted by razib at 08:14 PM