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Declaration of Francis P. McManamon, Ph.D.

Lois J. Schiffer
Assistant Attorney General

Allison Rumsey
US Department of Justice
Environment & Natural Resources Div.
Office of the Assistant Attorney General
950 Penn. Ave., N.W., Room 2740
Washington, D.C.

Kristine Olson
United States Attorney
Timothy Simmons
Assistant United States Attorney
District of Oregon
1000 SW 3rd Ave., Ste 600
Portland, Oregon 97204-2902
(503) 727-1156
(503) 727-1117


ROBSON BONNICHES, et al., Plaintiffs


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., Defendants

Declaration of Francis P. McManamon, Ph.D.

I, Francis P. McManamon, declare as follows:

1. I am Chief Archeologist of the National Park Service and the Departmental Consulting Archeologist for the U. S. Department of the Interior ("DOI"). My duties and responsiblities in this capacity are set forth in my original declaration, which was filed with this Court on May 28, 1998. This declaration is being submitted in support of this filing in the above-styled matter. All inforamtion herein is based upon my personal knowledge and upon information furnished to me in my official capacity.

2. On February 11, 2000, officials from the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Justice participated in a consultation meeting with the claimant Indian tibes. At this meeting, we discussed whether DNA testing should be conducted on the Kennewick human remains, and the kinds of data and analyses that would be needed for such testing. On February 16, 2000, a subsequent conference call between DOI senior officials and representatives of the claimant tribes was held in furtherance of consultation.

3. On February 16, 2000, the Secretary of Interior made a decision to go forward with DNA testing, provided the court provides the agency with adequate time to properly conduct the test. This information will be used as part of our determination of whether or not a cultural affiliation, as defined by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), can be determined for these remains.

I declare under pentalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

Dated this 17'" day of February, 2000.

Francis P. McManamon (signed)

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