Native American Burial Site Term Paper by Nicky

Native American Burial Site
A look at the importance of burial sites to Native Americans.
# 149534 | 1,671 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Native-American Studies (General)

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This paper examines the cultural significance of burial sites to Native Americans, further discussing numerous conflicts that have arisen over this issue. First, the paper introduces a basic history of the relationship between Native Americans and Europeans in America. Then, it covers the various conflicts that have occurred over land, particularly Native American burial grounds. One case of a dam being built over an ancient cemetery is noted. Various solutions to these claims are discussed, including monetary compensation or returning the land rights to the Native American tribe.

From the Paper:

"The authorities have basically come to an ethical dilemma, since they would normally have to risk having a flood and an important loss of energy in the area for the native tribe to get their territory back. Having been ignored and humiliated for centuries, the natives are clearly determined to fight for their rights. On the other side, any sane person would come to the conclusion that the ancient burial site is of lesser importance than the dam and the benefits provided by it. Furthermore, there is a possibility for the very native reservation to be threatened by the releasing of the water in the dam.
"All things considered, it would only be logical for the authorities to ignore the demands made by the native tribe. However, if they would do so, they would only continue a history of Native American oppression. The matter requires careful analysis in order for a conclusion to be made. Legality comes in divergence with logics in this topic, as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bocek, Barb. (1992). "Native American Studies Collections". Retrieved July 23, 2009, from the Stanford University Web site:
  • Boszhardt, Robert. (2000). "Native American Cemeteries". Retrieved July 22, 2009, from the Lacrosse Library Web site:
  • Kerber, Jordan E. (2006). "Cross-cultural collaboration: Native peoples and archaeology in the northeastern United States". U of Nebraska Press.
  • Yalom, Marilyn. (2008). "The American resting place: four hundred years of history through our cemeteries and burial grounds". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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APA Format

Native American Burial Site (2011, December 21) Retrieved April 23, 2024, from

MLA Format

"Native American Burial Site" 21 December 2011. Web. 23 April. 2024. <>