The Legal Battle: Archaeology: Who Should Own the Bones?

The Pawnee Indians tell a mordant story about the kinds of things scientists discover when they study sacred remains. After decades of watching researchers plunder its burial grounds for bodies and artifacts, the tribe finally forced Nebraska researchers and museums to return the items in 1989. Once the treasures were back in hand, the Pawnees asked the scientists what they had learned.

"You ate corn," they answered.

Kennewick Man, the most talked-about Native American remains uncovered in recent memory, may be revealing a lot more than that. But if it's a mother lode for scientists, it's also been a massive headache...

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