Kennewick Man May Not be From Columbia Valley

Kennewick Man

Kennewick Man

A researcher announced Tuesday that "Kennewick Man" may not be from the Columbia Valley, and is confident that he is not an American Indian.

Doug Owsley, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, met with Columbia Plateau tribal leaders in Ellensburg to discuss his findings.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of allowing Owsley and others to study the bones because it was determined that the remains could not be linked with modern-day American Indians.

Owsley said "Kennewick Man" likely came from a coast of some sort because of his diet, which was mostly made up of marine mammals.

The American Indians at the meeting said there are a lot of local animals that "Kennewick Man" could have eaten to explain his diet, but appreciated the presentation.