January: The Department of the Interior determines that Kennewick
Man is Native American as defined by U.S. law. The department confirms
the age of the remains at 9,000 years, more than 8,000 years before
the arrival of European explorers. The department continues studying
whether Kennewick Man is affiliated with present day tribes from the
region. The study considers archaeological, ethnographic, linguistic,
biological, genetic and historical information, as well as traditional
stories of the five Indian tribes.
Jelderks gives the Interior Department until Sept. 24, 2000, to conduct
DNA analysis of the remains. DNA tests begin in May over some Native
American objections, but the bones prove too old to yield any results.
Department of the Interior completes its examination and says Kennewick
Man belongs to the five claimant tribes.
Judge Jelderks reactivates the scientists' lawsuit and sets the trial
June: Oral arguments begin in U.S. District Court in Portland,