San Juan Basin Archaeological Society
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Next SJBAS Meeting
Thursday, April 9th
Fort Lewis College
Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies. After a brief business meeting, Dr. Kerry Thompson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University will present: “It's About Time that We (Archaeologists) Recognize the Federal Indian Law Context of NAGPRA”.
Abstract: In discussions about NAGPRA by archaeologists, NAGPRA is often taken out of context. As legislation in Title 25, NAGPRA's context is federal Indian law, not cultural resource management law, which resides in Title 16 (Conservation) and Title 42 (Public Health and Welfare) of the United States Code. American Indian legal scholars have long been involved in the analysis of NAGPRA (e.g., Echo Hawk and Trope 2000; Tsosie 1992) and, in 2012 published recollections and analyses in an anniversary Arizona State Law Journal (Volume 44 Issue 2) issue about repatriation. Archaeologists are intimately involved in the actual practice of NAGPRA and few, if any of the discussions by legal scholars involve archaeologists - Native American archaeologists or otherwise. Greater understanding of NAGPRA within the context of federal Indian law would assist archaeologists in the areas of tribal collaboration and consultation. NAGPRA and other dialogue that brings tribes and archaeologists together may be improved through the education of archaeologists in the history of federal Indian law and policy.
SJBAS newsletter Moki Messenger - April 2015
CAS newsletter The Surveyor - Winter 2015