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Opinion: McCain bill will block study of ancient remains

"If a lucky paleoanthropologist ever unearths hobbit bones on federal land, scientists won�t get to study them � at least not if Sen. John McCain and his allies have their way.

That�s because McCain has proposed adding two words to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law Congress passed 15 years ago to defend American Indian burial sites and cultural objects from grave robbers and pot hunters. It�s a worthy goal, but tribal activists increasingly have tried to broaden the interpretations of NAGPRA. The bottom line is that they want to make it virtually impossible for scientists to study prehistoric human remains, no matter how ancient or disconnected from actual tribes."

Get the Story:
John J. Miller: Bones of Contention (National Review 4/14)

aGet the Bill:
S.536: Technical Corrections Act

Court Decision:
BONNICHSEN v. US (February 4, 2004)

Relevant Links:
Kennewick Man, Department of Interior -
Friends of America's Past -
Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center, The Tri-City (Washington) Herald -

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