From: J.M. Prince [SMTP:jmprince@...
Sent: Friday, June 04, 1999 10:54 AM
Subject: Repatriation Issue
I have been asked to forward this by Ms. Hawkinson of Friends Of America's
Past. I thought it would be of some interest to the list. Cheers, J.M.
> In the coming weeks, three ancient skeletons, whose cultural
> is not established with any living people, will be given to a
> of Minnesota Sioux tribes, along with a collection of historically
> culturally affiliated human remains. These three skeletons, known
> the Minnesota Woman (or Pelican Rapids Woman, 7840 BP), Browns
> (8,900 BP), and Saulk Valley Man (about 4,000 BP) are under the
> Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have been
included in a
> repatriation agreement with Minnesota's Indian Claims Commission
and will be
> repatriated under NAGPRA, a federal law.
> Representatives from Hamline University are anxious for this
> remain quiet, and they hope to avoid public scrutiny. They do
> to jeopardize relationships with local tribes and evidently are
> to ignore or possibly bend laws protecting these ancient national
> treasures in the name of political correctness. NAGPRA only
> culturally affiliated human remains held in federal collections.
> date NAGPRA does not apply under state laws or private ownership.
> The Sioux tribes who are slated to receive these remains are
> more closely related to these ancient skeletons than anyone else
> today. The Sioux's origins have been traced to Late Woodland
> groups to the south, so they have been in the present area less
> 1,000 years. Their oral traditions tell them they have been here
> the beginning of time, although their description of 'here' is
> These ancient human remains, many thousands of years old, are
> remains that are a few hundred years old. All will be reburied.
> A distinction must be made between culturally affiliated human
> (those whose relationship to a living group is clear) and remains
> are so old that their cultural relationship to anyone cannot be
> established. Why should one group's religious beliefs be honored
> expense of all other world views? This evidence of the past
> the world. The story of human migration into the continents of
> and South America is of interest to people far beyond the
> boundaries of a tribe, state, or even our nation. All people have
> right to understand and explore many world views of the past.
> Across our nation, the ancient past is threatened by the simple,
> unfounded assumption that all people living here before white
> related to modern day American Indians. This assumption also
> notion that modern day tribes have not moved from their current
> thousands of years. Although they truly believe they are burying
> ancestors, it is highly unlikely that this is possible. Simple
> of the past do not adequately address the complexities that are
> the evidence at hand.
> This censorship (in the form of political correctness) will
> anyone from asking new questions about the past. One culturally
> unaffiliated ancient skeleton after another is targeted for
> the treasure of knowledge each holds about the past will be lost
> forever. The fate of the most publicized ancient skeleton,
> Man, has not yet been determined by a federal court. The Buhl
> (10,700) from Idaho was reburied in 1992. Wizards Beach (9,200)
> Spirit Cave (9,400), both from Nevada, are in jeopardy. These and
> other, less well publicized skeletons, especially those from
> deserve our attention before they are lost forever.
> If you are concerned about one view limiting expression of all
> please voice your concerns to Hamline University (651) 523-2800,
> state of Minnesota, your congressional representatives, your local
> newspapers, and anyone online that can pass the word along.
> Cleone Hawkinson, President
> Friends of America's Past
> www.friendsofpast.org <http://www.friendsofpast.org>
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