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|Kennewick Man scientists lobby against bill - Legislation would let American Indian tribes claim ancient remains|
bars tribes from Kennewick Man case|
A federal judge has barred Northwest Indian tribes from further participation in the Kennewick Man lawsuit by ordering the case limited to government defendants and the scientists who want to study the ancient skeleton.
- (svejk) - (NNN Aboriginal)
|New Wrangle Over Kennewick Bones - 21 July 2004|
Scientists Can Study Kennewick Man|
Scientists can study the Kennewick Man 9,300-year-old remains found in Washington state despite the objections of some American Indian tribes, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Northwest tribes consider the bones sacred and want to bury them. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that found that federal grave-protection law does not apply because there is no evidence connecting the remains with any existing tribe...
|10 Sep 2003: Kennewick Man: Skeleton Case Challeges 'Native American' - (Svejk)|
Kennewick Man Case - 23 July 2003
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We have posted the text of the letter from Judge Jelderks to Counsel updating the status of the proceedings. His letter closes with ' I am currently working on the final draft and my schedule should allow me to have it filed before Labor Day." Read the full text of the letter at Friends of America's Past
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Will Science Lose More Ground?
Meeting of the NAGPRA Review Committee The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma May 31 - June 2, 2002
Rare Skeleton Has Scientists Nervous* Rare Genetic Link to Europe
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit cheerily agreed to let five American Indian
tribes have the remains of the Kennewick Man, so they can bury these remains in
a proper Indian ritual. |
The problem is that the Kennewick Man was probably a white guy and not an Indian. His skull isn't an Indian skull at all, but is the kind of skull that white people have. Why's that a problem? Because he was hanging around in America 9,000 years ago; long before any evil white people were supposed to have been here. The remains were found near the Columbia River in Washington state, and apparently there weren't even any Indians around there until about 3,000 years ago.
The Kennewick Man is one of those inconvenient things that pop up every so often that cuts the legs out from various PC dogmatic truths. Suddenly, the Indians who have been claiming a moral high ground because "they were here first," have a rival. And, the rival may have been a white guy! "Oh, no, please don't let him have been a white guy," seems to have been the cry from the white haters in our nation. "Hurry and bury him, so the Indians can retain their moral high ground."
So, although scientists want to do more testing on the remains to prove the Kennewick Man's genetic origin, the white haters won't allow it.
An interesting thing about the Kennewick Man is that the reconstruction of his head, done from his skull, bears a striking resemblance to the actor Patrick Stewart who plays Capt. Piccard of the Starship Enterprise. In fact, the resemblance is so close that one is hard pressed to tell one from the other.
Perhaps we need to look at Stewart's family tree to see if any of his ancestors disappeared from Europe while on a boat trip about 9,000 years ago, and maybe the remains should be given to Stewart to bury in Europe in a proper pre-Christian European ritual.
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ancient man's bones of contention (Christian Science
He was a
sturdy man of middle years who may have looked a bit like
spear point, buried in his hip when he was a teenager
named for the town in eastern Washington near
|Genetic "X-Factor" points to pre-Asian European migration to North America|
by The Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA)
|(excerpt from) The Left's war against America - by James Henry|
The Left's malicious nihilism is impacting on every aspect of the nation's culture.
The almost farcical response of Clinton to the discovery of Kennewick Man is a
sickening example of the pervasiveness of the Left's ideology and its contempt for
scientific truth. Kennewick Man is thought not only to be more than 9.000 years
old but of Caucasian origin. If this is true, then a momentous scientific and cultural
discovery has been made. But such a discovery does not fit the Left's ideological
view of the US. In keeping with this view, Clinton ordered the site destroyed and
the bones vandalised in the hope of destroying any possibility of determining the
remains racial origins. This is a calculated Orwellian attempt by the Left, through
Clinton, to try and control the present, and hence the future, by destroying
historical evidence. There is no clearer evidence of the Left's power, influence and
malice, especially in the media.
The Left's campaign is not a culture war but a war against a culture by creatures
|Kennewick Man News - June 2001|
in cabinet may be Kennewick Man's Yakima
Detectives cleaning out the Benton County sheriff's office evidence vault on Thursday spotted a shoebox-size container, labeled simply "Columbia Park," in the coroner's cabinet, Sheriff Larry Taylor said. "The coroner basically didn't know what he had in his own little vault," Taylor said Friday.
The pieces of bone in the cardboard box probably are from Kennewick Man, based on a preliminary examination, said Robbie Burroughs, an FBI agent in Seattle. An expert will study them more thoroughly and make a final determination. Then they will be turned over to the FBI, which has been investigating the disappearance of the bones since 1998.
The 9,300-year-old remains represent one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America. The collection of 350 bones and bone fragments was found in the shallows of the Columbia River in July 1996 at Columbia Park in Kennewick. Johnson was one of the first people to examine the bones, before they were turned over to the federal government and sent to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for safekeeping. They are now stored in the Burke Museum in Seattle. In March 1998, the government acknowledged that substantial pieces of Kennewick Man's femur bones had disappeared, bones that are valuable in assessing stature, size, age and ancestry. (reader link)
Over Kennewick Man Comes To A Head
Man Update from Friends of American's Past
|Kennewick Man News - April 2001|
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Scientists who want to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man contend the Clinton administration improperly tried to prevent their research to avoid a messy debate over how the first inhabitants of North America arrived.
The government allowed "inexcusable" contacts between White House staff and members of five American Indian tribes who sought to bury the skeleton, said documents filed in federal court Monday to support the scientists.
The Interior Department decided last year that the nearly complete 9,000-year-old skeleton should be given to the tribes for burial.
A spokeswoman for the Interior Department said the agency will formally respond in court on May 17, the deadline to file a response. But officials say they did nothing wrong.
|Kennewick Man News - February 2001|
to share CT scans of ancient bones
The decision gives scientists access to data generated during government studies of the ancient skeleton - data that would be especially valuable to them if they never get to study the bones themselves.
"It's potentially quite important," said Richard Jantz, computer analysis expert at the University of Tennessee and one of the scientists suing for the right to study Kennewick Man. "You should be able to see the interior surface of the skull, and you should be able to look at the sinus (areas). You should be able to see a lot of the details."
|Kennewick Man News - January 2001|
What's Science Got To Do With It? by Douglas Jordan
say Corps destroyed Kennewick Man evidence By Mike Lee Herald staff writer
The federal government has destroyed evidence in the legal battle for the ancient
bones of Kennewick Man, scientists charged Tuesday.
|Kennewick Man News - November-December 2000|
|Kennewick Man News - October 2000|
Based on measurements of the Kennewick skeleton, the National Park Service report states that the skeleton is biologically affiliated most closely with groups from Polynesia and the Ainu of Japan, a group indigenous to northern Japan who are physically different from most Japanese. Many archaeologists believe the Ainu are the descendents of a population that lived in many parts of south Asia thousands of years ago, and had some physical traits that are similar to Caucasians, such as wavy hair and thick facial hair. "The fact is, Caucasoid people used to be a much wider population," says Gill. "This can be seen in the Ainu of Japan. All of Japan, even just 3,000 years ago were bearded, white people."
5 October 2000
Michael J. Kelly - Special to the Los Angeles Times October 5, 2000
Secretary Bruce Babbitt's endorsement of the Interior Department plan to repatriate the "Kennewick Man" to five claimant Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest constitutes a crime against science.
All parties agree on the rarity of the 9,000-year-old skeletal remains, the uniqueness of their location in the Columbia River basin of Washington state and the importance of their discovery. Known as the Kennewick Man, this middle-aged individual with a healed spear wound in his hip died an unexplained and lonely death more millenniums ago than humans were supposed to have occupied that part of North America, according to anthropologists. However, tribal oral histories hold that the ancestors of present-day American Indians, of which Kennewick Man is considered one, have occupied their traditional lands, close to where he was found, since the beginning of time.
These oral histories and the geographic position they encompass are what Babbitt claims ultimately persuaded him to sign off on his department's decision to return the bones to the tribes for immediate burial in a secret location, precluding the possibility of further study.
His decision is completely consistent with federal law. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, passed in 1990, allows for such indicative evidence to provide the basis for determining cultural affiliation of human remains. Once a cultural affiliation is determined, repatriation must then be undertaken. While this law works remarkably well for recent or slightly antiquated human remains, it never comprehended a situation where truly ancient human remains are discovered. Thus, its application in this case distorts its intent.
A strict interpretation of the law means that even ancient human remains like the Kennewick Man must be turned over to whatever tribes happen to currently occupy, or historically occupied, the area in which the bones were discovered. This is where legality and reality divide.
Morphologically, Kennewick Man's physical features bear scant resemblance to modern American Indians, further stretching the realistic credibility of the Interior Department's cultural affiliation determination, even though it may be legally justified. Not only was he found in an area where there were no established Indian communities when he died, he does not even look like the people who claim to be his descendants. It is the equivalent of discovering the body of Moses in the West Bank and handing his remains over to the Palestinian Arabs because they occupy that area and their oral histories tell them that this was always the case.
As for the hapless Kennewick Man, the matter now goes back to U.S. Magistrate Judge John Jelderks' federal District Court in Oregon. A lawsuit by a group of scientists requesting an injunction against repatriation was put on hold during the Interior Department's reconsideration of the matter.
The scientist representing the Smithsonian in the group stated that he could count on one hand the number of skeletal remains as ancient as the Kennewick Man and that there was a wealth of information locked inside those bones. This motivated him to join his colleagues in a legal fight to at least study the ancient find before turning it over to the tribes for reburial.
Hopefully, the judge will prove as wise as Solomon in his interpretation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and seize on the compromise of a limited study followed by repatriation. Losing the Kennewick Man back into the ground after such an exciting discovery without the prospect of learning what he has to tell us would be a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.
Michael J. Kelly is the director of legal research, writing and advocacy at Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law.
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9 August 2000
Yakamas denied intervener status in Kennewick Man case (Oregon Live)
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