Bonnichsen v. United States
Bonnichsen v. United States, 969 F. Supp. 614 (D. Or. 1997) (granting in part and denying in part motion to dismiss), 969 F. Supp. 628 (D. Or. 1997) (denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment), 217 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (D. Or. 2002) (setting aside administrative decision on remand), aff’d, 357 F.3d 962 (9th Cir. 2004), amended and reh’g denied, 367 F.3d 864 (9th Cir. 2004).
In 1996, a human skeleton over nine thousand years old was discovered near Kennewick, Washington. Dubbed the “Kennewick Man,” the skeleton was the focus of a dispute between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”), which sought to turn over the remains to Native American groups, and a group of scientists intent on studying the remains. The lawsuit that ensued turned on whether . . .