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Human jawbone discovery in October is Native American

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- NBC Right Now has an update on the human jaw bone found at Columbia Park last  October.

The Walla Walla District of the Army Corps of Engineers has been working with an independent  Physical Anthropologist studying the bones. Last week, they determined the remains are Native American, dating back about 150 to 200 years.

The Public Affairs spokesperson for The Corp, Bruce Henrickson,  says experts don't know which exact tribe they belong to,  but they're giving them back to the Columbia Plateau Inter-Tribal Repatriation Group, which is a consortium of local tribes.

"These are human remains of somebody's ancestor and we ask everyone to treat them with appropriate respect.  it's up to the tribes what they do. In the past, they have typically reburied the remains per tribal custom," said Henrickson.

The Army Corps of Engineers will run two advertisements in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Tri-City Herald as they're required to by federal law, in case any tribe wants to claim them.