The College Fix thecollegefix.com 23 Dec, 2020 05:30 am

Scholars denounce attempt to ban their archeology book after being accused of racism against Native Americans

Scholars denounce attempt to ban their archeology book after being accused of racism against Native Americans
Authors of the recently published anthropology book “Repatriation and Erasing the Past” are pushing back against critics, telling The College Fix accusations of…

“In free, open and democratic societies, we don’t seek to ban books we don’t like — we debate the contents,” said Weiss and Springer in response.“Our work takes a critical look at NAGPRA, repatriation, and the ideology behind it,” Weiss and Springer told The Fix.It is ironic that in a year when the rallying cry has been to follow the science, critics of Repatriation and Erasing the Past are arguing for banning a book that champions the scientific method over superstition, myth, and legend,” said Weiss and Springer.” Noting there are “strong feelings” on both sides of the repatriation debate, Weiss and Springer said they “encourage and welcome civil discussions.

Weiss and Springer noted that many of the attacks they have received have been of a “personal” nature.Controversy over the book is just the latest chapter in a battle between scientists and Native American rights activists over a law known as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which generally governs how researchers and archaeologists must treat the bones of Native Americans when they are found.

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