TRIBAL AFFILIATION AND SOVEREIGNTY
Repatriation is the most potent political metaphor cultural revival that is going on at this time. Political sovereignty and cultural sovereignty are linked inextricably, because the ultimate goal of political sovereignty is the protecting of a way of life. As separate polities, tribes can tax and regulate, and exercise jurisdiction. But it is equally important, perhaps even more important, to protect Indian ways of life and ways of thinking.
-- W. Richard West, Jr. ( 1996, Southern Cheyenne), Founding Director of the National Museum of the American Indian
IF ISHI WAS truly the last of his tribe--as both he and Kroeber firmly believed in 1911--how could his remains be "culturally affiliated" with any person living in 1999?