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Title In the smaller scope of conscience : the struggle for national repatriation legislation, 1986-1990 / C. Timothy McKeown.

Author McKeown, C. Timothy, 1955-
Publisher Tucson, Ariz. : University of Arizona Press, [2012]
Table of Contents
1.Tallbull's Quest1
2.The Green Boxes28
3.The Political Dynamics of Public Awareness42
4.The Way of the Coyote56
5.Two Practices, No Policy79
6.A Defining Moment113
7.The Biggest Thing We Have Ever Done139
8.Legislative History in Interpretive Context173
Location Call number Status
 Biddle  KF8210.A57 M38 2012    Available
Phys Desc xv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-259) and index
Summary "In 1989, The National Museum of the American Indian Act (NMAIA) was successfully passed after a long and intense struggle. One year later, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) followed. These federal repatriation statutes--arguably some of the most important laws in the history of anthropology, museology, and American Indian rights--enabled Native Americans to reclaim human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. Twenty years later, the controversy instigated by the creation of NMAIA and NAGPRA continues to simmer. In the Smaller Scope of Conscience is a thoughtful and detailed study of the ins and outs of the four-year process behind these laws. It is a singular contribution to the history of these issues, with the potential to help mediate the ongoing debate by encouraging all sides to retrace the steps of the legislators responsible for the acts. Few works are as detailed as McKeown's account, which looks into bills that came prior to NMAIA and NAGPRA and combs the legislative history for relevant reports and correspondence. Testimonies, documents, and interviews from the primary players of this legislative process are cited to offer insights into the drafting and political processes that shaped NMAIA and NAGPRA. Above all else, this landmark work distinguishes itself from earlier legislative histories with the quality of its analysis. Invested and yet evenhanded in his narrative, McKeown ensures that this journey through history--through the strategies and struggles of different actors to effect change through federal legislation--is not only accurate but eminently intriguing"-- Provided by publisher
Reprint Illustrations ix
Prologue xi
1. Tallbull's Quest 1
2. The Green Boxes 28
3. The Political Dynamics of Public Awareness 42
4. The Way of the Coyote 56
5. Two Practices, No Policy 79
6. A Defining Moment 113
7. The Biggest Thing We Have Ever Done 139
8. Legislative History in Interpretive Context 173
Notes 213
Index 261
Subject Human remains (Archaeology) -- Repatriation -- Law and legislation -- United States.
United States. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Alt Series 2012017149
ISBN 9780816526871 (hardback : acid-free paper)
0816526877 (hardback : acid-free paper)