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Scientists get ready to study Kennewick Man

A group of scientists who have been fighting to study the remains of the Kennewick Man will get to do so in early July, The Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald reports.

The scientists plan to conduct tests at the University of Washington's Burke Museum. Their lawyer said the study will take about two weeks.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the scientists have a right to study the 9,300-year-old remains. The court said the Interior Department was wrong to repatriate Kennewick Man to Pacific Northwest tribes that claim him as an ancestor.

Kennewick Man has already been subjected to some tests and the tribe oppose further study. A bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, could bar such studies in future cases.

Get the Story:
Kennewick Man to be studied in Seattle (The Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald 6/20)

Get the Bill:
S.536: Technical Corrections Act

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 -

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