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A Brief and True History of SAA's Involvement with NAGPRA

Author(s): Vincas Steponaitis ; Lynne Goldstein ; Keith Kintigh ; William Lovis

Year: 2016

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SAA was heavily involved in NAGPRA's passage, and played a key role in shaping the compromises embodied in this law. The Society's positions with respect to the many repatriation bills considered by Congress were conditioned by SAA's "Statement Concerning the Treatment of Human Remains," a policy adopted in 1986. SAA strongly and actively supported the final bill precisely because it conformed closely, albeit not perfectly, to the principles articulated in this statement. The policy was also consistently applied in determining SAA's responses to the many regulatory and legislative issues that arose during the first two decades after the law was passed.

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A Brief and True History of SAA's Involvement with NAGPRA. Vincas Steponaitis, Lynne Goldstein, Keith Kintigh, William Lovis. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404080)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America