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Tribe files lawsuit for Spirit Cave remains

The Fallon Paiute have filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court of Nevada against the Bureau of Land Management. The tribe hopes to overturn the Nevada BLM determination that Spirit Cave man is culturally unaffiliated with any modern American Indians. It is our understanding that the Fallon Paiute have also filed to claim these remains. Evidently the suit was filed in late August and was 'lost in the DOJ shuffle' so the BLM just heard about this as recently as this past week. The BLM's reply to the lawsuit is due the last week of October. Spirit Cave man is older than the Kennewick Man.

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