In all, information derived using the methods and techniques of archeology, geomorphology, physical anthropology, sedimentology, and other scientific disciplines support this determination.
Our determination that the Kennewick skeletal remains are "Native American" is based upon the scientific information that we have available.
First, we must determine whether or not the remains meet the definition of "Native American" according to the definition in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), as interpreted by DOI.
Second, if the remains are Native American, the DOI will determine their disposition under the requirements of NAGPRA.
Information from the analysis of the lithic artifact lodged in the ilium of the skeletal remains also is consistent with an ancient date for the remains themselves (Fagan 1999).
It is reasonable to conclude that the human remains from Columbia Park in Kennewick, WA, are "Native American" as defined by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
A variety of additional scientific information support this chronological placement and determination.
C) accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) analyses on a wide variety of geologic materials in support of Climate and Land Use Change research.
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