Brian Kemp
Brian Kemp

First came the science, with researchers explaining how they analyzed Kennewick Man’s DNA and concluded that the 9,000-year-old skeleton from Eastern Washington is undoubtedly Native American.

Then came the emotions, as members of Northwest tribes spoke from the heart about how it feels to be vindicated after a nearly 20-year battle to claim the remains of The Ancient One.

Though many in the general public still harbor the impression that Kennewick Man has European roots, the fact that his genetics are Native American is not surprising to Chatters or other experts in the field.

“It makes so much sense,” said Brian Kemp, of Washington State University.

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