Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 79506-79507 [E8-30903]

Download as PDF dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES 79506 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 249 / Monday, December 29, 2008 / Notices represent the physical remains of nine individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Muskegon County Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), a relationship of shared group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and any present-day Indian Tribe. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee) is responsible for recommending specific actions for disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains. In May 2008, the Muskegon County Museum requested that the Review Committee recommend disposition of nine culturally unidentifiable human remains to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, as the aboriginal occupants of the lands encompassing the present-day area of Muskegon and Oceana Counties, MI. The Review Committee considered the proposal at its May 15–16, 2008 meeting and recommended disposition of the human remains to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, as the aboriginal occupants. A June 6, 2008 letter on behalf of the Secretary of Interior from the Designated Federal Official transmitted the authorization for the museum to effect disposition of the culturally unidentifiable human remains to the four Indian tribes listed above contingent on the publication of a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills that requirement. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact John McGarry, Executive Director, Muskegon County Museum, 430 W. Clay, Muskegon, MI 49440, telephone (231) 722–0278, before January 28, 2009 Disposition of the human remains to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Muskegon County Museum is responsible for notifying the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:19 Dec 24, 2008 Jkt 217001 Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan that this notice has been published. Dated: November 12, 2008 Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E8–30899 Filed 12–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the control of the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed from an unknown area in Puget Sound, WA. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Burke Museum and University of Washington professional staff in consultation with representatives of the following Federally recognized tribes: the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington. Sometime before 1913, human remains representing a minimum of one PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 individual were removed from Puget Sound, WA, by University of Washington Biology Professor Trevor Kincaid. The human remains were transferred to the Burke Museum in 1913 (Burke Accn. #993, Cat. #3495). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Limited provenience information about the human remains is available. Professor Kincaid was a University of Washington biology professor and studied oyster farming throughout the state. Professor Kincaid conducted field work in such a large area, that the provenience of the human remains could not reasonably be identified more specifically than Puget Sound. Salt water barnacles were found on the cranium and clearly demonstrate the human remains were removed from a salt water context. The human remains are consistent with Native American morphology. Puget Sound is a broad geographic area, and falls within the Southern Lushootseed language group of Salish cultures. Puget Sound is within the usual and accustomed territory of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington, as defined by the 1855 Treaty of Medicine Creek, 1855 Point Elliot Treaty, and 1855 Treaty of Point-No-Point. Other ethnographic and legal documentation is consistent with this determination. Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Burke Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 249 / Monday, December 29, 2008 / Notices Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington. In consultation with the above affiliated groups, the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington has agreed to take the lead on the repatriation process on behalf of themselves, and the seven tribes listed above. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195–3010, telephone (206) 685–2282, before January 28, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the following Federally recognized tribes: the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington that this notice has been published. Dated: November 25, 2008 Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E8–30903 Filed 12–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee: Nomination Solicitation National Park Service, Interior. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee; Notice of Nomination Solicitation. AGENCY: dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES ACTION: The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for one member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:19 Dec 24, 2008 Jkt 217001 Secretary of the Interior will appoint the member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. The nominee does not need to be a traditional religious leader. Nominations must include the following information. 1. Nominations by traditional religious leaders: Nominations must be submitted with the nominator’s original signature and daytime telephone number. The nominator must explain how he or she meets the definition of traditional religious leader. 2.Nominations by Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations: Nominations must be submitted on official tribal or organization letterhead with the nominator’s original signature and daytime telephone number. The nominator must be the official authorized by the tribe or organization to submit nominations in response to this solicitation. The nomination must include a statement that the nominator is so authorized. 3. A nomination must include the following information: a. the nominee’s name, postal address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address; and b. nominee’s resume or brief biography emphasizing the nominee’s NAGPRA experience and ability to work effectively as a member of an advisory board. DATES: Nominations must be received by February 27, 2009. ADDRESSES: Address nominations to David Tarler, Designated Federal Officer, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, National NAGPRA Program, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street, NW, 8th Floor (2253), Washington, DC 20005. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The Review Committee was established by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), at 25 U.S.C. 3006. 2. The Review Committee is responsible for a. monitoring the NAGPRA inventory and identification process; b. reviewing and making findings related to the identity or cultural affiliation of cultural items, or the return of such items; c. facilitating the resolution of disputes; d. compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human remains and developing a process for disposition of such remains; PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79507 e. consulting with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and museums on matters within the scope of the work of the Review Committee affecting such tribes or organizations; f. consulting with the Secretary of the Interior in the development of regulations to carry out NAGPRA; and g. making recommendations regarding future care of repatriated cultural items. 3. Seven members compose the Review Committee. All members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary may not appoint Federal officers or employees to the Review Committee. a. Three members are appointed from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. At least two of these members must be traditional Native American religious leaders. b. Three members are appointed from nominations submitted by national museum organizations and scientific organizations. c. One member is appointed from a list of persons developed and consented to by all of the other members. 4. Members serve as Special Governmental Employees, which requires submission of annual financial disclosure reports and completion of annual ethics training. 5. Appointment terms: Members are appointed for 4–year terms and incumbent members may be reappointed for 2–year terms. 6. The Review Committee’s work is completed during public meetings. The Review Committee normally meets faceto-face two times per year, and each meeting is normally two or three days. The Review Committee may also hold one or more public teleconferences of several hours duration. 7. Compensation: Review Committee members are compensated for their participation in Review Committee meetings. 8. Reimbursement: Review Committee members are reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in association with Review Committee meetings. 9. Additional information regarding the Review Committee -- including the Review Committee’s charter, meeting protocol, and dispute resolution procedures -- is available on the National NAGPRA Program website, at www.nps.gov/history/nagpra (click ‘‘Review Committee’’ in the menu on the right). 10. The terms ‘‘Indian tribe,’’ ‘‘Native Hawaiian organization,’’ and ‘‘traditional religious leader’’ have the same meanings as in 43 C.F.R. 10.2. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the control of the 
Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed 
from an unknown area in Puget Sound, WA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Burke Museum 
and University of Washington professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the following Federally recognized tribes: the 
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; 
Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Skokomish 
Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island 
Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian 
Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of 
the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the 
Tulalip Reservation, Washington.
    Sometime before 1913, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Puget Sound, WA, by University of 
Washington Biology Professor Trevor Kincaid. The human remains were 
transferred to the Burke Museum in 1913 (Burke Accn. 993, Cat. 
3495). No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Limited provenience information about the human remains is 
available. Professor Kincaid was a University of Washington biology 
professor and studied oyster farming throughout the state. Professor 
Kincaid conducted field work in such a large area, that the provenience 
of the human remains could not reasonably be identified more 
specifically than Puget Sound. Salt water barnacles were found on the 
cranium and clearly demonstrate the human remains were removed from a 
salt water context.
    The human remains are consistent with Native American morphology. 
Puget Sound is a broad geographic area, and falls within the Southern 
Lushootseed language group of Salish cultures. Puget Sound is within 
the usual and accustomed territory of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of 
the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island 
Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington, as defined by the 1855 Treaty of Medicine Creek, 1855 Point 
Elliot Treaty, and 1855 Treaty of Point-No-Point. Other ethnographic 
and legal documentation is consistent with this determination.
    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Burke Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that 
can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and 
the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, 
Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, 
Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; 
Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; 
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island

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Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington. In consultation with the above affiliated groups, the 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington has agreed to 
take the lead on the repatriation process on behalf of themselves, and 
the seven tribes listed above.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, 
Seattle, WA 98195-3010, telephone (206) 685-2282, before January 28, 
2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the 
Puyallup Reservation, Washington may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the following 
Federally recognized tribes: the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the 
Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island 
Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington that this notice has been published.

    Dated: November 25, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-30903 Filed 12-24-08; 8:45 am]
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