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"Northwest tribes appeal 'Kennewick Man' ruling"

Posted by Mikola 18 to NDN AIM list


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - "After a judge ruled that scientists can study an ancient skeleton known as "Kennewick Man," four Northwest tribes have asked an appeals court to delay any studies.

U.S. Magistrate John Jelderks ruled this month that eight anthropologists who sued the federal government could study the bones estimated to be more than 9,000 years old.

Jelderks last summer overturned a ruling by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who said the skeleton should be turned over to the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Colville and Yakama tribes for burial without scientific study."

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