Kennewick Man finally buried by local tribes

Mission, OR -- The ancient remains known as Kennewick Man have finally been returned to the ground.

According to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, early Saturday, more than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes gathered at an undisclosed location to lay the remains of the man they call "The Ancient One" to rest.

“This is a big day and our People have come to witness and honor our ancestor,” said Armand Minthorn, CTUIR Board of Trustees Member and Longhouse leader, “we continue to practice our beliefs and laws as our Creator has given us since time immemorial.”

Tribal members waited more than 20 years to be allowed to rebury the bones which are believed to be more than 8400 years old.

They were discovered near the Columbia River in Kennewick in 1996.

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