I have written before about NAGPRA, the quaint piece of legislation that places atavism and ethnic politics ahead of science. Here's a great example of it in action. Write your congressperson today.
Here's what I sent to mine:
Message Subject: Time to repeal NAGPRA?
The Wired article at the link below is a great example of how the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is out of control. Having started from an unacceptably close alignment of religion and government, it's now moving into the complex of financial arrangements between universities and their donors. It was ill-considered in the first place, and is now something we should not allow to continue. Please consider whether this act should not be drastically restricted in scope -- perhaps to place the burden of proof entirely on Native American groups as to whether any remains are actually ancestors -- or completely removed. This is not how you construct a multi-cultural society, any more than casino licenses are. Wired article: