FROM THE ARCHIVE

Harjo: Shame on Kennewick Man judge

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2002

"A federal judge has decided that scientists can continue picking over the bones of the Native man who was disinterred six years ago near Kennewick, Washington, and is popularly called "Kennewick Man."

It took U.S. Magistrate Judge John Jelderks 73 pages to say that the views of eight anthropologists trump the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Congress that passed it in 1990.

These scientists -- including two from the Smithsonian Institution -- fought against passage of NAGPRA, which applies nationwide, as well as the first repatriation provision in 1989, which applied only to the Smithsonian. They have been trying to undermine the repatriation laws ever since their enactment and havenít been shy about saying their goal is to gut NAGPRA. . ."

Get the Story:
Suzan Shown Harjo: Shame on you, Judge Jelderks, for letting scientists pick over ancient oneís bones (Indian Country Today 9/6)

Relevant Links:
Kennewick Man, Department of Interior - http://www.cr.nps.gov/aad/kennewick
Friends of America's Past - http://www.friendsofpast.org/main.html
Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center, The Tri-City (Washington) Herald - http://www.kennewick-man.com

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