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Kennewick Man to get Native American burial

After 2 decades of legal fighting, the 9000-year-old Kennewick Man will finally get a Native American burial, Smithsonian reports. The skeleton, named for the town where he was unearthed in Washington state, has been the subject of a heated battle between researchers studying early human migration and five Native American tribes who wanted to honor the “Ancient One” with a reburial. Scientists initially said the bones lacked Native American characteristics, but a DNA study last year definitively linked the Kennewick Man to modern Native Americans. On the basis of that evidence, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared the remains Native American, allowing the tribes to regain the remains and dispose of them as they wish.


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