Kennewick man headed back to tribes

Kennewick man headed back to tribes

President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday that requires the ancient bones known as Kennewick Man be returned to tribes within 90 days.

The bones found in 1996 on federal land near the Columbia River are at least 8,400 years old. The discovery triggered a lengthy legal fight between tribes and scientists over whether the bones should be buried immediately or studied.

In 2015, new genetic evidence determined the remains were related to modern Native Americans.