Skip to comments.Measure could block Kennewick Man study
Posted on 10/01/2004 7:12:56 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
WASHINGTON -- Scientists hoping to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man are protesting a bill by Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell that they say could block their efforts.
A two-word amendment would change an Indian graves-protection law to allow federally recognized tribes to claim ancient remains even if they cannot prove a link to a current tribe.
Scientists say the bill, if enacted, could have the effect of overturning a federal appeals court ruling that allowed them to study the 9,300-year- old bones.
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'Oppressed Minority' status is something precious enough not to want to lose, whatever the cost.
I used to not care about this. Now I am getting curious as to just what it is people are trying to hide.
My,my, I just can't imagine what these "Native Americans"[sic!] find so reverential* about this 9+k year old mummy discovered in the sands of in-land Washington state.
*After all he must be hurried off to his official (a.k.a. sacred) grave at once, without any and/or the slightest further ado.
Amen, Brother Ben! Me, like thee, dost think they protest too much.
It's just possible that Kennewick Man might provide evidence that people of a different racial background were here in America before the Indians crossed the Bering Straits.
I don't know if there are any real foundations for such speculations, but that may be what is feared.
It's also possible that it's just a religious matter. Many Indians believe that it's wrong to dig up their dead ancestors and display them in museums, and you can't really blame them for that. But if physical anthropologists really think this skeleton is different, then it would be too bad not to investigate it more closely.
What a pandering Dumb-A$$!!
Sen. Campbell just wants to see the remains buried before they can vote.
This is important for the people of our Nation to know/prove/understand.
Since the Indians have no proof of relationship and no proof that they were native to the land I don't think they should be able to claim anything.
If we do this some lawyer will use it to do something else equally unbearable.
This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with politics. The Kennewick Man skeleton is almost certainly caucasian, but only a complete examination will determine this for certain. If it turns out white men were here before the Indians, suddenly the entire paradigm shifts. Indians would have probably wiped out the indigenous peoples, or absorbed them, making American Indian claims to victimization and superior entitlement far less compelling. The "They-Were-Here-First" harangue of the left goes out the window.
The Clinton Administration ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bulldoze the site where Kennewick Man was discovered before a bill from congress declaring the site protected could reach his desk (but AFTER it had already been passed). Spokesmen had the nerve to say they were only doing it to protect the location--of course, they destroyed its archaelogical value completely. It was an absolutely incredible instance of minority pandering. This is one of the most shameless examples of left-wing attempts to conceal historical evidence on record.
Not a bad bumper sticker
Kennewick Man Was Here First
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There you go. Right next to your "I'm a Kennewickian-American" sticker. We can drive them mad. Mad, I say.
Guess they are afraid to see if "Whitey" was running around here at the same time or even before the American Indians. I know there is a small group of people from Caucasian stock in Japan called the Anu, if the Kennewick Man is White, maybe he could have come from them. Or perhaps there were ancients or an ancient civilization prior to us who came to the New World. There are many possibilities.
This nonsensical legislation isn't going anywhere. Nice try by the "august body", keepers of truth and knowledge.