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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina

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Human remains found on the Cherokee Indian Reservation have been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for analysis, federal and tribal officials said. Chief Jonah Wolfe of the Cherokee Indian Reservation Police Department said the remains were found Jan. 18 on U.S. 19 north in the Rough Branch community. Rick Schwein with the FBI declined to comment on whether the death was being investigated as a homicide. The FBI often assists reservation police because the reservation is federal land.