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Bones found in Newberry Springs are American Indian

NEWBERRY SPRINGS • Skeletal remains found in a wash in Newberry Springs are ancient American Indian bones, according to officials.

Barstow Sheriff’s deputies responded to a wash area near Newberry Road and Stem Road in Newberry Springs on August 28 after two people looking for arrowheads in the area found a human skull, according to a sheriff’s report.

Deputy Mark Johnson of the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office said the remains were determined to be American Indian bones during an autopsy last week. The San Manuel tribe was informed of the discovery, said Johnson. An anthropologist will further study the remains.

The San Manuel tribe was notified because of state established process where the coroner informs the Native American Heritage Commission about remains, according to a prepared statement from the tribe. People and tribes — such as San Manuel — are notified as most likely descendants to receive notice about remains such as the ones discovered in Newberry Springs.


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