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Steimel 1 Robert Steimel November 30, 2007 HIST-215.01 Social Forces That Shaped America Skull Wars Reaction Paper The prologue of Peter Nevraumont’s book, Skull Wars , opens with the story of the Kennewick Man, a 9,200 to 9,500 year old skeleton found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. When it was discovered, the skeleton became one of the six oldest skeletons ever found in either of the Americas. James Chatters, the most respected archeologist in the area of Kennewick Man’s discovery, stated that the Kennewick man was a Caucasoid (white-skinned), meaning that this skeleton and other white people had inhabited North America before darker-skinned people crossed over from northern Asia. The theory of Kennewick Man’s skin color could cause severe repercussions for Native Americans, who could be at risk to lose their reservations if they could not prove that their tribes originally settled their land. To stop this from happening, a tribe sued to take possessions of the bones, which lead to more litigation and the seizure of the bones by the US Army Corps, who defied Congress and buried the bones underneath hundreds of tons of dirt and rocks. On page ‘ XXV ’ of the prologue, Nevraumont states his central thesis for Skull Wars is that the treatment of ancient relics is politics only and that “the dispute is about control and power, not philosophy. Who gets to control ancient American history— government agencies, the academic community or modern Indian people? ” Nevraumont asks the reader to weigh in on the treatment of historic relics by these three fields. From the start, a case can easily be made for all three suitors. The government should be able to
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Steimel 2 control the relics in order to ensure that they are properly excavated and given back to Indian tribes, while the academic community must be allowed access to the relics for the
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