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Harjo battles 'legislative intent'

In Suzan Harjo's column, ''It's Time to put NAGPRA back together again'' [Vol. 27, Iss. 19], I am reminded of the quote I came across so many moons ago that I no longer remember who said it: ''Anthropologists are sometimes grave robbers with college degrees.''

Ms. Harjo, as usual, has a wonderfully well-written article outlining the issues involved in this centuries-old problem. Having spent many years in my previous life working in the U.S. Congress and the Texas Legislature, I am acutely aware of the problems in defining ''legislative intent'' and how sometimes the intent of policy-makers can be confusing and can become more confused over time as courts attempt to address the issue.

Ms. Harjo is on target and she is to be commended for her insightful analysis. Indian Country Today is fortunate to have her contributions, as are the readers of this fine publication.

-- Larry M. Holmes Jr.

History instructorVernon CollegeVernon, Texas