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 Ninth Circuit Declines Appeal on Kennewick Decision Minimize

On Monday, April 19 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to reconsider its previous ruling that permits testing on a set of 9,000-year-old remains—commonly called "Kennewick Man"—turning away an appeal by American Indian tribes.

The remains, found on the shore of the Columbia River in 1996, have been dated as being 8,340 to 9,200 years old. The legal battle for possession of the remains began soon after their discovery.

A coalition of Indian tribes, supported by the U.S. government, wanted the remains to be buried, but in a February ruling a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected their request.