Kennewick Man, also known as “the Ancient One,” was discovered in 1996 when two men stumbled across a human skull along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington.
Subsequent lab tests on the nearly complete skeleton recovered at the site determined the remains were roughly 9,000 years old — among the oldest ever discovered in North America. Those results led to a dispute between scientists and Pacific Northwest tribes over what to do with the remains.
More than two decades, many lab tests and court cases later, on Feb 17, 2017, Kennewick Man officially came into possession of the tribes, thanks to federal legislation and the urging of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Read the fascinating story of Kennewick Man's journey on Gov. Inslee's website.