FROM THE ARCHIVE

Spirit Cave Kennewick may share fate

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AUGUST 17, 2000

Kennewick Man, currently the subject of litigation and scientific testing, may share the same fate as Spirit Lake Cave Man, a 10,000 year old set of remains the Bureau of Land Managment said not related to any tribe today.

Some say Kennewick Man may fall the same fate. Scientists are currently conducting tests in order for the Department of Interior to make a conclusion on cultural affiliation.

In the Spirit Lake case, the BLM said the oral history of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe was not conclusive enough evidence to establish a link to the remains. Five tribes in the Northwest are claiming Kennewick Man, who is 9,000-years-old, as an ancestor.

The Yakama Nation of Washington were recently denied intervention in a lawsuit filed by scientists against the government.

Get the Story:
Different skeletons taking same path (The Seattle Times 8/17)

Related Stories:
Yakama intervention denied (Tribal Law 08/10)
Kennewick won't yield DNA (Indian U. 8/7)
Leaders discuss NAGPRA (Indian U. 7/27)
Repatriation panel supported (Tribal Law 06/12)
Yakama Nation files Kennewick Man suit (Tribal Law 06/01)
Kennewick testing to begin (Indian U 04/24)

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NAGPRA (Tribal Law)

Relevant Links:
Executive Order 13804, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments - www.usdoj.gov/otj/presdoc3.htm
The Deparment of Interior - www.doi.gov
The National Park Service, DOI - www.nps.gov
American Indian Liasion Office, NPS - www.cr.nps.gov/ailo