Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR, 23497-23498 [2012-9433]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 76 / Thursday, April 19, 2012 / Notices Historical Society and Museum at the address below by May 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: Mary K. Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 1101 Main Street, P.O. Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370, telephone (541) 929–6230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here 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 in the possession of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR, that meet the definition of objects of cultural patrimony under 25 U.S.C. 3001. 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES History and Description of the Cultural Items The 29 cultural items include: 1 basket mortar; 4 baskets; 1 acorn strainer; 1 gathering basket; 2 storage baskets; 10 trinket baskets; 1 basket lid; 2 basket bottles; 4 basketry cups and saucers; 1 basketry candlestick; 1 basketry table mat; and 1 basketry napkin ring. All of the items are from the Horner Museum which was established in 1925 on the campus of what is now Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. In 2005, items from the Horner Museum were acquired by the Benton County Historical Society and Museum (BCHS) located in nearby Philomath, OR. At the time of the transfer, Oregon State University (OSU) was in the process of completing NAGPRA requirements for items from the Horner Museum. In the transfer agreement with OSU, the BCHS took physical custody all unclaimed NAGPRA items and is now responsible for NAGPRA claims for cultural items from the collection. All of the above cultural items are from the collection of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. According to notes found in the Horner Museum donor file, Mrs. Barrett was a schoolteacher in southwestern Oregon who collected these cultural items over a period of 60 years. In 1927, she loaned her collection to the Horner Museum at what was then Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) to honor her son and daughter-in-law who attended OAC. This loan was renewed in 1939 and again in 1947. In 1972, the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:10 Apr 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 collection was donated to the Horner Museum by Lois Barrett, the daughterin-law of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. According to the 1934 catalog cards, 28 of the cultural items are identified, but one item has no provenance indicated on the original catalog card. Karuk affiliation of the objects was substantiated for 23 of the items by Martha Matthewson who acted as a consultant for OSU during the inventory process. For five of the cultural items, Ms. Matthewson indicated possible Karuk affiliation, but also suggested Yurok, Yokuts or Hupa affiliation. For one item, a trinket basket, consultants suggested affiliation to the Klamath, Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, Santa Rosa Rancheria and Karuk tribes. On July 13, 2011, representatives of the Karuk Tribe visited the BCHS to view unclaimed cultural items. On August 15, 2011, the BCHS received a claim from the Karuk Tribe for the repatriation of 29 cultural items. The BCHS has reviewed the claim and determined that cultural affiliation to the Karuk Tribe is clearly established for 28 of the cultural items. After a review of additional evidence, the BCHS has determined that cultural affiliation to the Karuk Tribe exists for all 29 cultural items and that these cultural items meet the definition of objects of cultural patrimony. Determinations Made by the Benton County Historical Society and Museum Officials of the BCSM have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the 29 cultural items described above have ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, rather than property owned by an individual. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the objects of cultural patrimony and the Karuk Tribe (formerly Karuk Tribe of California). Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the objects of cultural patrimony should contact Mary K. Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 1101 Main Street, PO Box 35, Philomath, OR, 97370, telephone (541) 929–6230 before May 21, 2012. Repatriation of the objects of cultural patrimony to the Karuk Tribe may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Benton County Historical Society and Museum is responsible for notifying PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23497 the Karuk Tribe that this notice has been published. Dated: April 12, 2012. David Tarler, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2012–9434 Filed 4–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2253–665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR AGENCY: ACTION: National Park Service, Interior. Notice. The Benton County Historical Society and Museum (BCHS), in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that the cultural items meet the definition of sacred objects and repatriation to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact the Benton County Historical Society and Museum. SUMMARY: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the Benton County Historical Society and Museum at the address below by May 21, 2012. DATES: Mary K. Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 1101 Main Street, P.O. Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370, telephone (541) 929–6230. ADDRESSES: Notice is here 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 under the control of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR, that meet the definition of sacred objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001. 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 23498 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 76 / Thursday, April 19, 2012 / Notices History and Description of the Cultural Items The nine cultural items include: 1 basket hat; 1 drum; 1 wild celery root; 1 decorated wooden projectile point; 1 elk horn purse; 1 grass and bead hair wrap; 1 necklace of dentalia shells and small round black glass beads; 1 ceremonial bow; and 1 associated arrow. All of the items are from the Horner Museum, which was established in 1925 on the campus of what is now Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. In 2005, items from the Horner Museum were acquired by the Benton County Historical Society and Museum (BCHS) located in nearby Philomath, OR. At the time of the transfer, Oregon State University (OSU) was in the process of completing NAGPRA requirements for items from the Horner Museum. In the transfer agreement with OSU, the BCHS took physical custody all unclaimed NAGPRA items and is now responsible for NAGPRA claims for cultural items from the collection. Six of the cultural items (the hat, the drum, the wild celery root, the elk horn purse, the projectile point, and the hair wrap) are from the collection of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. According to notes found in the Horner Museum donor file, Mrs. Barrett was a schoolteacher in southwestern Oregon who collected these cultural items over a period of 60 years. In 1927, she loaned her collection to the Horner Museum at what was then Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) to honor her son and daughter-in-law who attended OAC. This loan was renewed in 1939 and again 1947. In 1972, the collection was donated to the Horner Museum by Lois Barrett, the daughter-in-law of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. According to the 1934 catalog cards, three items (the elk horn purse, the wild celery root and the projectile point) originated from Happy Camp, CA, and one item (the drum) was used in religious festivals held twice a year on the Klamath River. The other two items do not have catalog cards. Two of the cultural items (the bow and the arrow) are from the Dr. J. L. Hill collection. The J. L. Hill collection was donated to OAC in 1924 and formed the nucleus of the Horner Museum which opened in 1925. Previously, the J. L. Hill collection was housed at the Hill Museum in Albany, OR. On September 30, 1924, the Barometer newspaper reported, ‘‘The Hill museum of Albany, the largest private collection of natural history specimens, Indian relics, and miscellaneous articles in Oregon, has been given to the college by the heirs of Dr. J. L. Hill. The material was collected by Doctor Hill during a period of sixty VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:10 Apr 18, 2012 Jkt 226001 years from all parts of the earth regardless of expense’’ (Barometer, OAC, Corvallis, OR). The bow and the arrow from the Hill Collection have no original catalog card and no known provenance. Suggested affiliation, based on consultations, include Karuk, Hupa, Towla and Duckwater Shoshone. One cultural item (the dentalia necklace) is from the collection of the Kennedy-Tartar family. This collection was donated to the Horner Museum in 1973. The original catalog card does not provide any information on the provenance of this item. Members of Kennedy-Tartar family had a connection to Siletz tribal members and donated items to the Horner Museum that clearly came from the Siletz. There are also many items in the Kennedy-Tartar collection from the Klamath tribes, much of which has been claimed. At least one piece of paper in the accession file has the word ‘‘Karuk’’ but there is no indication of what item is referenced. On July 13, 2011, representatives of the Karuk Tribe visited the BCHS to view unclaimed cultural items. On August 15, 2011, the BCHS received a claim from the Karuk Tribe for the repatriation of nine cultural items. The BCHS reviewed the claim and determined that cultural affiliation to the Karuk Tribe is clearly established for six of the cultural items. On November 17, 2005, Smith River Rancheria withdrew a claim for one of the items (the basket hat) noting that after reviewing the item again they believed that in fact it was Karuk in origin. After a review of additional evidence presented by the Karuk Tribe, the BCHS has determined that cultural affiliation to the Karuk Tribe exists for all nine cultural items and that these cultural items are sacred objects that have religious significance in the practice of traditional ceremony. Determinations Made by the Benton County Historical Society and Museum Officials of the BCSM have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the nine cultural items described above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the sacred objects and the Karuk Tribe (formerly Karuk Tribe of California). PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the sacred objects should contact Mary K. Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 1101 Main Street, PO Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370, telephone (541) 929–6230 before May 21, 2012. Repatriation of the sacred objects to the Karuk Tribe may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Benton County Historical Society is responsible for notifying the Karuk Tribe that this notice has been published. Dated: April 12, 2012. David Tarler, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2012–9433 Filed 4–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2253–665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Colorado College, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, has determined that the cultural items meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects and repatriation to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact The Colorado College. SUMMARY: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact The Colorado College at the address below by May 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President’s Office, Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, Room 201, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, telephone (719) 389–6201. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here 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 under the control of The Colorado College that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001. DATES: E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 76 (Thursday, April 19, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9433]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Benton County 
Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Benton County Historical Society and Museum (BCHS), in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that 
the cultural items meet the definition of sacred objects and 
repatriation to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe 
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural 
items may contact the Benton County Historical Society and Museum.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the Benton 
County Historical Society and Museum at the address below by May 21, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Mary K. Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and 
Museum, 1101 Main Street, P.O. Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370, telephone 
(541) 929-6230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here 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 under the 
control of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, 
OR, that meet the definition of sacred objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

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History and Description of the Cultural Items

    The nine cultural items include: 1 basket hat; 1 drum; 1 wild 
celery root; 1 decorated wooden projectile point; 1 elk horn purse; 1 
grass and bead hair wrap; 1 necklace of dentalia shells and small round 
black glass beads; 1 ceremonial bow; and 1 associated arrow. All of the 
items are from the Horner Museum, which was established in 1925 on the 
campus of what is now Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. In 
2005, items from the Horner Museum were acquired by the Benton County 
Historical Society and Museum (BCHS) located in nearby Philomath, OR. 
At the time of the transfer, Oregon State University (OSU) was in the 
process of completing NAGPRA requirements for items from the Horner 
Museum. In the transfer agreement with OSU, the BCHS took physical 
custody all unclaimed NAGPRA items and is now responsible for NAGPRA 
claims for cultural items from the collection.
    Six of the cultural items (the hat, the drum, the wild celery root, 
the elk horn purse, the projectile point, and the hair wrap) are from 
the collection of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. According to notes found 
in the Horner Museum donor file, Mrs. Barrett was a schoolteacher in 
southwestern Oregon who collected these cultural items over a period of 
60 years. In 1927, she loaned her collection to the Horner Museum at 
what was then Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) to honor her son and 
daughter-in-law who attended OAC. This loan was renewed in 1939 and 
again 1947. In 1972, the collection was donated to the Horner Museum by 
Lois Barrett, the daughter-in-law of Mrs. James Edmond Barrett. 
According to the 1934 catalog cards, three items (the elk horn purse, 
the wild celery root and the projectile point) originated from Happy 
Camp, CA, and one item (the drum) was used in religious festivals held 
twice a year on the Klamath River. The other two items do not have 
catalog cards.
    Two of the cultural items (the bow and the arrow) are from the Dr. 
J. L. Hill collection. The J. L. Hill collection was donated to OAC in 
1924 and formed the nucleus of the Horner Museum which opened in 1925. 
Previously, the J. L. Hill collection was housed at the Hill Museum in 
Albany, OR. On September 30, 1924, the Barometer newspaper reported, 
``The Hill museum of Albany, the largest private collection of natural 
history specimens, Indian relics, and miscellaneous articles in Oregon, 
has been given to the college by the heirs of Dr. J. L. Hill. The 
material was collected by Doctor Hill during a period of sixty years 
from all parts of the earth regardless of expense'' (Barometer, OAC, 
Corvallis, OR). The bow and the arrow from the Hill Collection have no 
original catalog card and no known provenance. Suggested affiliation, 
based on consultations, include Karuk, Hupa, Towla and Duckwater 
Shoshone.
    One cultural item (the dentalia necklace) is from the collection of 
the Kennedy-Tartar family. This collection was donated to the Horner 
Museum in 1973. The original catalog card does not provide any 
information on the provenance of this item. Members of Kennedy-Tartar 
family had a connection to Siletz tribal members and donated items to 
the Horner Museum that clearly came from the Siletz. There are also 
many items in the Kennedy-Tartar collection from the Klamath tribes, 
much of which has been claimed. At least one piece of paper in the 
accession file has the word ``Karuk'' but there is no indication of 
what item is referenced.
    On July 13, 2011, representatives of the Karuk Tribe visited the 
BCHS to view unclaimed cultural items. On August 15, 2011, the BCHS 
received a claim from the Karuk Tribe for the repatriation of nine 
cultural items. The BCHS reviewed the claim and determined that 
cultural affiliation to the Karuk Tribe is clearly established for six 
of the cultural items. On November 17, 2005, Smith River Rancheria 
withdrew a claim for one of the items (the basket hat) noting that 
after reviewing the item again they believed that in fact it was Karuk 
in origin. After a review of additional evidence presented by the Karuk 
Tribe, the BCHS has determined that cultural affiliation to the Karuk 
Tribe exists for all nine cultural items and that these cultural items 
are sacred objects that have religious significance in the practice of 
traditional ceremony.

Determinations Made by the Benton County Historical Society and Museum

    Officials of the BCSM have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the nine cultural items 
described above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional 
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional 
Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the sacred 
objects and the Karuk Tribe (formerly Karuk Tribe of California).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the sacred objects should contact Mary K. 
Gallagher, Benton County Historical Society and Museum, 1101 Main 
Street, PO Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370, telephone (541) 929-6230 before 
May 21, 2012. Repatriation of the sacred objects to the Karuk Tribe may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Benton County Historical Society is responsible for notifying 
the Karuk Tribe that this notice has been published.

    Dated: April 12, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-9433 Filed 4-18-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4312-50-P