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Statement from Inslee regarding the Native American Determination for Kennewick Man

April 27, 2016


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today released a Native American Determination for the skeletal remains discovered along the Columbia River in 1996, commonly known as Kennewick Man. Gov. Jay Inslee last year sent a letter to the Corps requesting an expeditious return of the remains to Washington state tribes. 


“This Native American determination should expedite the rightful return of Kennewick Man to his resting place in our state. It’s been clear to the state from the start that Kennewick Man was Native American and should be repatriated to the affected tribes and reinterred in Washington state accordingly. Hopefully we can soon see this contentious situation come to the appropriate resolution. I appreciate the good work of our state Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation and members of Washington’s congressional delegation on this issue.”

Media Contact 

Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office