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Battle over Kennewick Man study far from over

Even though the Bush administration failed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government is not giving up the remains of Kennewick Man so easily.

The government still has possession of the 9,400-year-old remains that have been the subject of a lengthy legal battle. While the bones won't go to tribes, the government says study of them is subject to limitations under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.

Eight scientists who won the right to study Kennewick Man say they may go back to court to force the government to turn the remains over.

Four Pacific Northwest tribes that intervened in the case decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court. They want the Ancient One, as he is known, to be reburied.

Get the Story:
Skeleton Case's New Bone of Contention (The Los Angeles Times 8/2)

Court Decision:
BONNICHSEN v. US (February 4, 2004)

Relevant Links:
Kennewick Man, Department of Interior -
Friends of America's Past -
Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center, The Tri-City (Washington) Herald - (4/24)

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