Message #78:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: NAGPRA and Repatriation in A Comparative Context
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 96 11:53:00 MST
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The next time someone asks about NAGPRA, or about the repatriation of Native 
American human remains, or about State Laws regarding illegal excavation and 
the looting of Southwestern prehistoric archaeological sites (looting of 
graves to find prehistoric pots to sell for money), use the comparative 
approach to highlight the importance of these issues and the continued 
importance of Archaeologists and Native Americans working together.

The March/April edition of the magazine "Archaeology" contains an 
interesting article titled "Excavating MIAs."   The article, written by 
Brenda Smiley, contains interesting statistics which highlight the 
importance of human remains and the repatriation issue.

In Southeast Asia, the United States government is looking for 2,162 MIAs at 
a cost of $100 million per year.

Shouldn't we be coordinating more fully with our legislators to stop the 
looting of sites and the traffic-ing of of human remains and grave goods? 
 For those concerned about the cost and time needed to complete CRM work, 
continued consultation with Native Americans regarding repatriation and 
proposed future action in the field is a 'no-brainer'.....

Brian Kenny

PS -
The abstract of the magazine article is on the Internet at
It is copied below:

Twenty years after the fall of Saigon there are 2,162 American servicemen 
missing, presumably dead--1,613 in Vietnam, and the rest in Laos, Cambodia, 
and China. The Joint Task Force-Full Accounting's effort to find them, 
conducted by recovery teams of Americans and Vietnamese (and their 
counterparts in Laos and Cambodia), relies on standard archaeological and 
forensic methods of investigation. The author describes the investigation of 
Case 0642, the loss of a Marine Corps A-4E Skyhawk near Que Son; and Case 
0020, a T-28 trainer that crashed near the Vietnam-Laos border during a 
reconnaissance mission in 1963. By Brenda Smiley"