Tribes seek role in Kennewick Man proceedings

Three Pacific Northwest tribes who claim Kennewick Man as an ancestor asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday to grant them a role in the dispute.

The Nez Perce, Umatilla and Yakama tribes were kicked off the case by a federal judge after the 9th Circuit said they had no claim to the remains. But the tribes say they have a right under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.

The scientists who want to study the remains say the case is over. A lawyer said the tribes' appeal will have no impact.

Get the Story:
Tribes appeal bones ruling (The Tri-City Herald 2/16)

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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