Anthropology and Native Americans:SAA, AAA and Tribal Research

Fri, 25 Feb 1994 16:32:02 -0700

February 25, 1994

Anthropology and Native Americans: SAA, AAA and Tribal Research

The recent communication from Roger Echohawk suggests that
archaeological reconstruction of the past may be improved by the research
of tribal historians. While this may be true in certain cases, the most
fundamental issue raised in these exchanges concerns who will authorize,
design, fund, and otherwise control anthropological research in the United
States. It is quite possible that the tribes and not the universities or
state and federal agencies who will control archaeological and ethnographic
research with the administrative role. It is no only anthropologists who
can go to Washington, D.C. to obtain laws that protect their interests.
NAGPRA is clear evidence of this. Perhaps the most interesting question is
when Native Americans will make their next move to strengthen their grip on
anthropological research in the United States.