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AUTHORITY ON KIAKAPOO INDIANS DEAD AT 95 02/12/99 Services were scheduled today for Dolores Laguarte Latorre, who coauthored a book on the Kickapoo Indians of Mexico after she and her husband lived amid the tribe for 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s. Mrs. Latorre was 95 when she died earlier this week after suffering a stroke. Her adventure-filled life began in Spain. Her family moved to Mexico when she was a child and then to Texas at the time of the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900s. She was graduated from high school in Galveston and married a medical student, Elza Perry. The couple had two children and were living in Dallas when Perry was in a car accident and died in 1941. U.S. involvement in World War II was heating up when Mrs. Latorre went to work for U.S. Navy intelligence in San Antonio. There, she met a Chilean air force pilot, Felipe LaTorre. They married and moved to Santiago after the war. They returned to the United States in 1950, when her husband retired as a general. They became undergraduate students in anthropology at the University of Texas and were recognized for being the only couple of their ages to graduate in 1953. Determined to publish an in-depth work on the Kickapoos, they moved to Musquiz in the Mexican state of Coahuila, where they lived for 12 years. The Kickapoo, originally from the Wisconsin area, fled white settlers in the Great Lakes area in 1850 and moved to Coahuila. They were known for clinging fiercely to traditional ways and for resisting government efforts to integrate them into modern society. Laura Gutierrez-Witt, director of the Benson Latin American Collection at UT, in 1994 accepted the Latorres' large collection of field notes, reports and other documents. Their work in Coahuila was unusual because it was based on research lasting 12 years, Ms. Gutierrez-Witt said. "She and her husband went and immersed themselves in this society. I think it was sort of a unique way of coming to some conclusions of what the society was like," she said. Felipe Latorre died in 1997. Dolores Latorre's survivors include her son, Richard Perry of Lake Oswego, Ore., and daughter, Dolores Neubauer of Georgetown.
BONES OF KENNEWICK MAN TO BE STUDIED 02/12/99 Studies that could determine the fate of the 9,200-year-old bones of Kennewick Man have been set for Feb. 24 to March 5. The analysis to be done at the Burke Museum in Seattle is intended to establish whether federal law requires that the bones be given to Indian tribes for immediate reburial. The Justice Department filed a notice of study Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore. After four months in the warmer, more humid climate of Seattle, the ancient bones are now ready for research to begin, said Stephanie Hanna, a spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior, which is handling the study. The agency will release the names of participating scientists when all contracts are returned, possibly next week, she said. Leaders from the Yakamas, Umatillas and Colvilles did not return calls Thursday about the coming studies. Scientists who have sued the federal government for a chance to study the bones were skeptical of the research schedule. "The government has announced numerous plans for resolving this case, but unfortunately, none of its past timelines have been met," the scientists' lawyers said in a press statement. "It can only be hoped that this latest announcement will not be another cause for further delays and excuses." The nearly complete skeleton of Kennewick Man was found in July 1996 along the Columbia River. Because he reportedly has non-Indian features, prominent scientists from around the country sued the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the agency from turning the bones over to a tribal coalition that claimed them. The suit contends there's not enough information about the bones to link them to modern people. Tribal leaders claim Indians have always been in the region, that any bones suspected to be as old as Kennewick Man are their ancestors and that the proposed research would be a desecration of the remains. If the bones are found to be Indian, the next question would be whether they are culturally linked to modern tribes. One way may be to study a stone point embedded in Kennewick Man's pelvis. The material and the workmanship will give clues about age and culture.