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Science Has No Respect

Date: 01 June, 2009

By: Chief

Imaget is fascinating - science that is. Of course some of it is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But this, the finding of what has been named the "Kennewick Man" is truly interesting from a couple of vantage points.

Kennewick Man was first discovered in 1996 somewhere along the shores of the Columbia River in Washington State. Kennewick Man is believed — take that with a grain of salt — to be the oldest skeleton found within the U.S. Approximately 9,000 years old. How or who came up with that figure is beyond me. It is just what was reported in the BBC.

Scientists have wanted to study, probe, measure, chemically analyze and in general make a mess of Kennewick Man since his discovery. All for the advancement of science. And, on the surface of it, I have no problem with that. However, Kennewick Man was found on public lands under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A group of Indian tribes made a claim on Kennewick Man. Therefore under the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Kennewick Man was subsequently turned over to the Indians. The Indians do not want him studied, measured, probed, yada, yada. I can agree with that also.

The pigheaded scientists did not ever, not even once, ask the Indians for permission. Instead they completely bypassed the Indians and demanded from the U.S. government permission to "study" the remains. The federales turned the scientists down flat. So the scientists, acting just exactly like adult flavored spoiled brats, sued the federales. They could not get their way and, as such, did indeed act like the spoiled brats that they are.

Off to court went the scientists. The case, believe it or not, made it all the way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most unfortunately for all of us the scientists did, in fact, win.

One of the points the scientists, or vermin - call them what you will, argued was that the find was of 'national and international significance'. Let me tell you something, the only significance of any kind will be the bragging rights. 'My skeleton is older than your skeleton.' Rather akin to 'my tallywacker is bigger than yours, is it not'? And, naturally, the papers the vermin will write about their ... tallywacker size.

The Ninth Circuit, in its decision, made it abundantly clear that the statutory language in question, the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, meant that (a) the tribes would have to prove that Kennewick Man was actually and/or directly related to a now, as in present day, Indian tribe and (b) in a broader sense the court stated — without saying the words — that if a person is not White Anglo-Saxon in their heritage, their history, their culture and their beliefs do not mean jack. Us white boys rule the roost don't you know. This was definitely not one of the brighter decisions issued by the dim bulb Ninth.

Now you tell me, just how in the world is an Indian tribe or anybody for that matter, going to be able to prove that some 9,000 year old dead guy is directly related to a tribe or to anybody else. It cannot be done. Further, from what I have read it is not like Kennewick Man left a will or burial instructions with his next of kin.

One thing is for sure. Old, and he is very old, Kennewick Man sure as shootin' is not a paleface. And the folks that were here before us palefaces were Indians. I, not being a lying lawyer or a dim bulb judge, seem to think that narrows the playing field down quite a lot.

Yet once again Indian beliefs are trampled on. Their rights stomped into the ground. Though the law said one thing the court ruled in direct contravention to the law and basically said 'bless you Anglo-Saxon scientists'. 'Screw those savages'. How does a citizen or an Indian hold a court in contempt? Interesting question ... no?

I'll tell you something else, these vermin have utterly no respect for anything or anybody. Quite similar to the way the Ninth Circuit ruled. Peoples' beliefs, property, rights mean nothing to scientists. They, in their own mind, are far too important to be bothered by such mundane things as rights, beliefs and so on.

Indeed there is a website called "Friends of America's Past." The site's tag line is "A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the rights of scientists and the public to learn about America's past." I think the site should be renamed "Enemies of America's Past." The site contains nothing, absolutely nothing, except how vermin should have the right to dig up anything they so desire on anybody's property. Yours, mine or an Indian tribe's. With or without your permission.

One of "Friends of America's Past" quotes is "We all share the past, no one owns it." Tell you what dirtbag, you share on your property. I ain't sharing nothing on my property. So get bent. Additionally how can you share something that isn't yours to begin with? You can't. Add to the fact that none of vermin were raised on Indian beliefs so how can they claim something that they, the vermin, know nothing about? They can't.

When you dig through the rubbish you find that these purported scientists, actually vermin, just can't be bothered to try and work with the Indian tribes. Oh no, those vermin won't do that. They, again in their own mind, think they are far too important for that. Besides, who cares if what the vermin want belongs to someone else? The vermin simply do not give a rat's behind. Vermin want what they want and will do whatever it takes to get their way.

Here is a sample of what I mean:

"I want to get my callipers on it, get the set of measurements, and run them through our database to see what they tell me" (Dr. Brace (quote from BBC)).

"We've been chomping at the bit to get this thing done" (Paula Barran, lawyer for the scientists (quote from BBC)).

"Dr Owsley's group 'will do, from beginning to end, the definitive measurements and photographs' "(Dr. Stafford (quote from BBC)).

Do you see anything about 'gee, we will be respectful of the Indians, their culture and their beliefs'? I didn't either. Additionally Paula Barran, the lying lawyer for the vermin stated:

"[S]cientists have been negotiating with government agencies on a study protocol" (quote from BBC).

Now isn't that peachy keen? Negotiating with the federales. Not even talking with or attempting to establish a dialog with the Indian tribes.

What do the Indians have to say about all of this?

"The tribes who claimed Kennewick Man as an ancestor still do not want the remains studied" (quote from BBC).

To be sure the tribes involved want Kennewick Man planted back in the ground pronto. Something the vermin do not like. Not one little bit.

Dr. Stafford thinks the Indian idea is — dead wrong. "If somebody else wants to look at it next week, next year, they should be able to come in just like we came in. This thing should be open. There should be no final opinion for maybe even years."

Excuse me — doc. "Just like we came in?" Puh-lease. You and the rest of your white lab coated vermin did not get your way. So instead of being even minimally respectful to the Indians — you bloody well sued to get what you wanted and screw everybody else.

Armand Minthorn, of the Confederated Umatilla tribes back in 1999 had this to say about the situation:

"My people have been here since time began. I know how the world began, and I know how the world will end. My elders have told me. Scientists tell us 'You crossed this (land) bridge.' Well that is not having any respect for my life. We have our own languages, our own religions, our own foods. Because it is not written in a book doesn't make it any less."

I like what he said. The key word in his statement is "respect." You or I or any decent person would not, indeed, could not argue with that. Vermin, on the other hand, have no respect for anyone or anything.

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