NAGPRA foe wins top Resources Committee spot
A critic of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is serving as the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee during the 111th Congress.

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington) represents a district that includes parts of the Yakama Nation. In 2006, he introduced a bill to amend NAGPRA to allow scientific study of remains like the Kennewick Man, whom the Yakamas claim as an ancestor.

The bill never made it far but the tribe complained that it was never consulted by Hastings. The bill would have affected all remains found on federal land.

In 2008, Hastings opposed a NAGPRA regulation that would help return remains to tribes. He claimed the Interior Department lacked the authority to issue the rule.

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