Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, OR and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR, 65028-65029 [2010-26466]

Download as PDF 65028 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 203 / Thursday, October 21, 2010 / Notices which are intermingled with private lands, for commercial guides and transporters whose clients are big game hunting. Alternative B proposes that a formal partnership be created between the Refuge and local entities to jointly maintain a shared facility of one or more buildings with capacity for office, meeting, and storage space in a community within the refuge. Alternative B proposes a study of traditional access methods for subsistence purposes. Alternative B proposes that local public use and access needs be addressed by creating formal partnerships between the Refuge and various local entities. Alternative C would generally continue to follow management direction described in Alternative A as modified by subsequent programspecific plans. Alternative C would also identify any specific changes or updates in management direction as well as adopt the new goals and objectives for Refuge management. Alternative C proposes that the Refuge manager could open or close some public lands, which are intermingled with private lands, to use by commercial guides and transporters whose clients are big game hunting. Alternative C proposes that the Refuge independently maintain a facility of one or more buildings with capacity for office, meeting, and storage space in a community within the refuge. Alternative C proposes the same study of traditional access methods for subsistence purposes. Alternative C would address local public use and access needs slightly different from Alternative B by proposing to expand or improve some opportunities for public use and access on Refuge lands. Submitting Comments/Issues for Comment jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES After this comment period ends, we will analyze the comments and address them in the form of a final CCP and decision document. Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: October 12, 2010. Gary Edwards, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. BILLING CODE 4310–55–P We will involve the public through open houses, meetings, written comments, and personal interviews with community members. We will mail documents to our national and local Refuge mailing lists. Public meetings will be held in communities in the Refuge area, including Kotzebue, Noorvik, and Selawik. Dates, times, and locations of each meeting or open house will be announced in advance in local media. We particularly seek comments on the following issues: • Management of use by commercial guides and transporters to maintain big game hunting opportunities while reducing social conflict in the region; 17:24 Oct 20, 2010 Next Steps [FR Doc. 2010–26655 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] Public Meetings VerDate Mar<15>2010 • How to best conduct a traditional access study of use for subsistence purposes on Refuge lands; • Proactively addressing climate change; and • Providing more outreach and better communication for the public. We consider comments substantive if they: • Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of the information in the document; • Question, with reasonable basis, the adequacy of the environmental assessment; • Present reasonable alternatives other than those presented in the draft CCP and the EA; and/or • Provide new or additional information relevant to the assessment. Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Eastern States: Filing of Plat of Survey Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey; North Carolina. AGENCY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM–Eastern States office in Springfield, Virginia, 30 calendar days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Swain County, North Carolina The plat of survey represents the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Qualla Indian Boundary, land held in trust for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, in Swain County, in the State of North Carolina, and was accepted September 7, 2010. We will place a copy of the plat we described in the open files. It will be available to the public as a matter of information. If BLM receives a protest against the survey, as shown on the plat, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file the plat until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions on appeals. Dated: October 12, 2010. John Sroufe, Acting Chief Cadastral Surveyor. [FR Doc. 2010–26590 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–GJ–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, OR and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR ACTION: [LLES956000–L14200000–BJ0000– LXSITRST0000] PO 00000 Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States, 7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22153. Attn: Cadastral Survey. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The survey was requested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The lands surveyed are: National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items, for which the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR, and U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, OR, have joint responsibility, that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 203 / Thursday, October 21, 2010 / Notices 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. Native American cultural items described in this notice were excavated under Antiquities Act permits by the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, on Army Corps of Engineers project land. Following excavations at the site described below, and under the provisions of the permits, the University of Oregon retained the collections for preservation. Between 1959 and 1968, cultural items were removed from site 35–GM– 9, also known as the Wildcat Canyon site, Gilliam County, OR, during excavations by the University of Oregon prior to construction of the John Day Dam. The cultural items were accessioned by the University of Oregon Museum following each successive field season. The 1,420 objects recovered from Area 3 of site 35–GM–9, a cemetery primarily used from approximately 2,500–2,000 B.P., are categorized as unassociated funerary objects because specific associations with individual burials cannot be determined due to unclear spatial distributions of the artifacts in relation to particular sets of human remains. The 1,420 unassociated funerary objects are 32 projectile points, 25 projectile point fragments, 30 blades, 52 blade fragments, 1 multipurpose tool, 3 stone mauls, 1 obsidian chopper, 17 pestles, 14 pestle fragments, 1 hammerstone, 10 worked/flaked cobbles, 5 river pebbles, 1 flaked pebble, 1 rectangular flat stone, 1 flake knife, 12 gravers, 7 burins, 1 spokeshave, 1 core, 12 scrapers, 2 end scraper fragments, 12 bifaciallymodified flakes, 55 unifacially-modified flakes, 7 curved flakes, 1 lamellar flake, 2 worked chert flakes, 935 unmodified flakes, 3 stone drills, 6 drill fragments, 5 stone clinkers, 1 possible metate, 1 galena atlatl weight, 1 bolas stone, 1 polishing stone, 2 worked shale or slate fragments, 5 abraders, 1 shaft smoother, 2 shaft smoother fragments, 1 antler awl fragment, 3 bone awl fragments, 1 bone shaft wrench, 1 bone tube, 17 worked antlers, 10 burned antlers, 1 deer jaw, 19 worked bones, 1 cut bone, 1 burned bone fragment, 1 notched bone, 2 decorated bones, 3 bone strips, 52 miscellaneous non-human bones and bone fragments, 2 stone pendant fragments, 1 shell pendant, 1 pebble pendant, 2 dentalia, 1 unspecified bead, 14 bone beads, 1 antler bead, 2 nose plugs, 1 worked pumice piece, 8 red VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:24 Oct 20, 2010 Jkt 223001 ochre pieces, 1 shell, 1 grooved slate tool and 3 shell flecks. Site 35–GM–9 is located along the south side shoreline of the Columbia River, approximately 9.5 river miles east of the John Day River confluence. The multicomponent site contains multiple activity areas that are believed to have been repeatedly occupied from approximately 9,000 B.P. to A.D. 1750. Site 35–GM–9 frequently served as a village, camping area and cemetery. Area 3 is believed to have primarily served as a burial area. The burial pattern observed within Area 3 is consistent with customs of Columbia Plateau Native American groups. Excavation and museum documentation indicate that the objects are consistent with cultural items typically found in context with burials characteristic of the Mid-Columbia River Basin. Oral traditions and ethnographic reports indicate that site 35–GM–9 lies within the historic territory of Sahaptinspeaking Tenino or Warm Springs peoples whose descendants are culturally affiliated with the present-day Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation are composed of three Wasco bands, four Warm Springs bands, and Northern Paiutes. The Columbia River-based Wasco were the easternmost group of Chinookanspeaking Indians. The Sahaptinspeaking Warm Springs bands lived farther east along the Columbia River and its tributaries. Northern Paiutes, who spoke a Uto-Aztecan language, historically occupied much of southeastern Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon peoples also traditionally shared the site area with relatives and neighbors whose descendants may be culturally affiliated with the 14 Sahaptin, Salish and Chinookanspeaking tribes and bands of the present-day Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington. Yakama homelands were traditionally located on the Washington side of the Columbia River between the eastern flanks of the Cascade Range and the lower reaches of the Yakima River drainage. Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 1,420 cultural items described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65029 preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from specific burial sites of Native American individuals. Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, have also 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 unassociated funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and/or Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should contact Daniel Mulligan, NAGPRA Coordinator, Environmental Resources Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208–2946, telephone (503) 808–4768, before November 22, 2010. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and/or Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; and Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho, that this notice has been published. Dated: October 14, 2010. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2010–26466 Filed 10–20–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Flight 93 National Memorial Advisory Commission National Park Service, Interior. Notice of November 13, 2010, Meeting. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, OR and 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the 
intent to repatriate cultural items, for which the University of Oregon 
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR, and U.S. Department 
of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, OR, 
have joint responsibility, that meet the definition of unassociated 
funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25

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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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not 
responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    Native American cultural items described in this notice were 
excavated under Antiquities Act permits by the University of Oregon, 
Eugene, OR, on Army Corps of Engineers project land. Following 
excavations at the site described below, and under the provisions of 
the permits, the University of Oregon retained the collections for 
preservation.
    Between 1959 and 1968, cultural items were removed from site 35-GM-
9, also known as the Wildcat Canyon site, Gilliam County, OR, during 
excavations by the University of Oregon prior to construction of the 
John Day Dam. The cultural items were accessioned by the University of 
Oregon Museum following each successive field season. The 1,420 objects 
recovered from Area 3 of site 35-GM-9, a cemetery primarily used from 
approximately 2,500-2,000 B.P., are categorized as unassociated 
funerary objects because specific associations with individual burials 
cannot be determined due to unclear spatial distributions of the 
artifacts in relation to particular sets of human remains. The 1,420 
unassociated funerary objects are 32 projectile points, 25 projectile 
point fragments, 30 blades, 52 blade fragments, 1 multipurpose tool, 3 
stone mauls, 1 obsidian chopper, 17 pestles, 14 pestle fragments, 1 
hammerstone, 10 worked/flaked cobbles, 5 river pebbles, 1 flaked 
pebble, 1 rectangular flat stone, 1 flake knife, 12 gravers, 7 burins, 
1 spokeshave, 1 core, 12 scrapers, 2 end scraper fragments, 12 
bifacially-modified flakes, 55 unifacially-modified flakes, 7 curved 
flakes, 1 lamellar flake, 2 worked chert flakes, 935 unmodified flakes, 
3 stone drills, 6 drill fragments, 5 stone clinkers, 1 possible metate, 
1 galena atlatl weight, 1 bolas stone, 1 polishing stone, 2 worked 
shale or slate fragments, 5 abraders, 1 shaft smoother, 2 shaft 
smoother fragments, 1 antler awl fragment, 3 bone awl fragments, 1 bone 
shaft wrench, 1 bone tube, 17 worked antlers, 10 burned antlers, 1 deer 
jaw, 19 worked bones, 1 cut bone, 1 burned bone fragment, 1 notched 
bone, 2 decorated bones, 3 bone strips, 52 miscellaneous non-human 
bones and bone fragments, 2 stone pendant fragments, 1 shell pendant, 1 
pebble pendant, 2 dentalia, 1 unspecified bead, 14 bone beads, 1 antler 
bead, 2 nose plugs, 1 worked pumice piece, 8 red ochre pieces, 1 shell, 
1 grooved slate tool and 3 shell flecks.
    Site 35-GM-9 is located along the south side shoreline of the 
Columbia River, approximately 9.5 river miles east of the John Day 
River confluence. The multicomponent site contains multiple activity 
areas that are believed to have been repeatedly occupied from 
approximately 9,000 B.P. to A.D. 1750. Site 35-GM-9 frequently served 
as a village, camping area and cemetery. Area 3 is believed to have 
primarily served as a burial area. The burial pattern observed within 
Area 3 is consistent with customs of Columbia Plateau Native American 
groups. Excavation and museum documentation indicate that the objects 
are consistent with cultural items typically found in context with 
burials characteristic of the Mid-Columbia River Basin.
    Oral traditions and ethnographic reports indicate that site 35-GM-9 
lies within the historic territory of Sahaptin-speaking Tenino or Warm 
Springs peoples whose descendants are culturally affiliated with the 
present-day Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation are 
composed of three Wasco bands, four Warm Springs bands, and Northern 
Paiutes. The Columbia River-based Wasco were the easternmost group of 
Chinookan-speaking Indians. The Sahaptin-speaking Warm Springs bands 
lived farther east along the Columbia River and its tributaries. 
Northern Paiutes, who spoke a Uto-Aztecan language, historically 
occupied much of southeastern Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon peoples also traditionally shared 
the site area with relatives and neighbors whose descendants may be 
culturally affiliated with the 14 Sahaptin, Salish and Chinookan-
speaking tribes and bands of the present-day Confederated Tribes and 
Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington. Yakama homelands were 
traditionally located on the Washington side of the Columbia River 
between the eastern flanks of the Cascade Range and the lower reaches 
of the Yakima River drainage.
    Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, 
and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 1,420 cultural 
items described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with 
or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part 
of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of 
the evidence, to have been removed from specific burial sites of Native 
American individuals. Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Portland District, and University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History, have also 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 unassociated funerary objects and the 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and/or 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Daniel Mulligan, NAGPRA Coordinator, Environmental Resources 
Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, P.O. Box 2946, 
Portland, OR 97208-2946, telephone (503) 808-4768, before November 22, 
2010. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to the 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and/or 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington, may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is responsible 
for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation 
of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 
Oregon; and Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho, that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: October 14, 2010.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-26466 Filed 10-20-10; 8:45 am]
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