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Study of 'Kennewick Man' Could be Threatened

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.--Congressman Doc Hastings is asking the Department of the Interior to
reconsider a proposal.

If passed, this measure would ultimately prevent the remains from being examined. Hastings says this proposal is an attempt to end a 2002 federal court ruling that determined identifiable ancient remains can be scientifically studied.

Through his spokesman, Hastings says this proposed regulation would give 'Kennewick Man' or unidentifiable remains back to Native American groups.

"This would introduce a new element," mentions spokesman Will Marlow. It would say that unidentifiable remains also must be turned over."

Marlow also says that the Department of the Interior isn't authorized to pass this regulation.

With the initiative so far, Hastings says the department is attempting to gain authority that was never approved by Congress.