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Native America Calling - Kennewick Man is Native American

Native America Calling

Tune-in to Native America Calling Thursday July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am on 90.3 KNBA, or stream live! Kennewick Man, or the “Ancient One,” has caused a lot of controversy since the day he was found in 1996 in Washington state. Scientists, the federal government and Native American tribes were all involved in a nearly decade-long legal battle over his 9,000-year-old bones. His femurs were stolen once. Various studies and theories suggested he was a Polynesian, Asian or a European traveler. A new study, published in the journal Nature in June, backs what Native Americans have always believed: he’s a direct ancestor. What does Kennewick Man mean to Native American history? What does this discovery say about DNA testing – which is a controversy in itself – in Native America?