Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 11643-11644 [2017-03605]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Department of the Navy professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians). History and Description of the Remains In 1976, human remains representing, at minimum, 2 individuals were removed from Walan Point, Indian Island in Jefferson County, WA. The site was first recorded by G.L. Coale in 1956. Prior to the construction of an ammunitions pier and support facilities on the sandspit, Astrida Blukis Onat with Seattle Central Community College conducted test excavations at the site in 1975. Analysis of the materials indicated the site to be a temporary procurement camp less than 2000 years old. Among the many artifacts recovered were fragments of unidentified human bone from four excavation units: 92N10W, 98N8W, 114N8W, and 130N11W. These materials were briefly mentioned in Blukis Onat’s 1976 report. During pier construction later that year, heavy equipment unearthed two human burials at depths of 40 to 60 centimeters below the surface along with several surface bone fragments. One of the burials was estimated to be 300 years old based on the decomposition of the cedar box that the individual was buried in. These remains were studied by a physical anthropologist and the results summarized in Blukis Onat and Haversat (1977). All materials recovered from the excavations were transferred to the Washington State University’s Museum of Anthropology for storage. Following a 1995 curation assessment performed by the Washington State University Museum (Andrefsky et al. 1995), all known human remains and associated funerary objects from the Walan Point site were repatriated with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The Notice of Inventory Completion was published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1998, 63 FR 69651. The human remains and associated funerary objects were transferred to the S’Klallam on February 8, 1999, and subsequently re-interred in a repatriation cemetery on NAVMAG Indian Island. In 2002, the remaining artifacts and excavation records from Walan Point were transferred from Washington State University to the Jamestown S’Klallam Reservation Tribal Center in Blyn, WA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 The Jamestown S’Klallam moved the materials to a different facility in 2015. That same year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections performed an updated Curation Assessment of the Indian Island collection at the new facility. During this assessment, two small bags labeled as human remains, each containing one bone, were found in a box of faunal remains (Williams 2015). In 2016, these two bones were sent to Dr. Guy Tasa, forensic anthropologist with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, for identification. Dr. Tasa identified the bones as representing two sub-adult humans of unknown sex. The first is a humoral head belonging to a child, aged 5 to 16 years of age; the second, the left tibia epiphysis from a sub-adult, aged 10 to 15 years. These bones appear to have been recovered from Blukis Onat’s 1976 excavation, units 92N10W and 98N8W, respectively. It is the intent of the Department of the Navy to repatriate these additional human remains from the Walan Point site. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Based on the ethnographic data, tribal accounts, and archeological data, the Department of the Navy has determined that the Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Clallam, and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribes are most closely affiliated with these remains. Ethnographic studies place Indian Island within the traditional territory of the Chemakum Tribe. By the early 1850s, the Chemakum population was reduced to 90 individuals; by 1878, only 13 individuals remained. The much larger Clallam (S’Klallam) Tribe, whose territory joined the Chemakum’s on the west, took over Chemakum territory in the later 1800s, and the few remaining Chemakum still living in the area joined with the Clallam Tribe. Determinations Made by the Department of the Navy Officials of the Department of the Navy have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of 2 individuals of Native American ancestry. • 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 and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Tribal Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11643 Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington), and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians). Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Susan S. Hughes, Archaeologist, Department of the Navy, NAVFAC NW., 1101 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, WA 98315, telephone (360) 396–0083, email susan.s.hughes@ navy.mil, by March 27, 2017. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Tribal Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington), and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians) may proceed. The Department of the Navy is responsible for notifying the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Tribal Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington), and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians) that this notice has been published. Dated: January 9, 2017. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2017–03611 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–22730; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects. Lineal SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 11644 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the Burke Museum. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to the Burke Museum at the address in this notice by March 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685–3849, email plape@uw.edu. 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 Burke Museum, Seattle, WA, 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 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. History and Description of the Cultural Items In the late 19th century, 33 cultural items were removed from an unknown location by James T. White from Point Hope, North Slope Borough, AK, and later donated to the Burke Museum by his wife in 1904. The 33 unassociated funerary objects are 1 wooden mask, 4 ground stone tools, 1 lot of earthenware fragments, 1 ivory thimble holder, 1 needle, 1 needle case, 1 comb, 1 scoop, 1 pipe, 2 pipe bowls, 1 ivory tool, 3 ground stone knives, 2 stone points, 2 bone points, 2 harpoon heads, 1 scraper blade, 4 harpoon points, 1 lance, 1 sinew rope, and 2 adzes. In the late 19th century, one unassociated funerary object was removed from Point Hope, AK. It is believed that this object was also removed by James T. White and donated to Young Naturalist Society, who then donated it to the Burke Museum in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 1904. The one unassociated funerary object is one lot of earthenware fragments. These fragments are labeled with the same writing and are given similar numbers to the other fragments from James T. White. The objects were listed in the accession records as being removed from ‘‘old Tigarah’’ or ‘‘old Eskimo’’ graves at Point Hope. The objects are consistent with historic and prehistoric material cultural from this area and are related to the Inupiat people of the Point Hope (Tikigaq, aka Tigara) area (Damas, 1984). The modern day Inupiat descendants from Point Hope are members of the Native Village of Point Hope. Determinations Made by the Burke Museum Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 34 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 a specific burial site of a Native American individual. • 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 Native Village of Point Hope. Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685–3849, email plape@uw.edu, by March 27, 2017. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the unassociated funerary objects to the Native Village of Point Hope may proceed. The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Native Village of Point Hope that this notice has been published. Dated: January 11, 2017. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2017–03605 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–22812; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos, Nipomo, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos at the address in this notice by March 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: Donna L Gillette, Ph.D., NAGPRA Collections Manager, Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos, 671 South Oakglen Avenue, Nipomo, CA 93444, telephone (805) 929–5679, email dana@ danaadobe.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under the control of the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos, Nipomo, CA. The human remains were removed from Nipomo, San Luis Obispo County, CA. 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-22730; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Thomas Burke 
Memorial Washington State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke 
Museum), in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed 
in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects. 
Lineal

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descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these 
cultural items should submit a written request to the Burke Museum. If 
no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the 
cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native 
Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Burke Museum at the address 
in this notice by March 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 
353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, email 
plape@uw.edu.

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 Burke Museum, Seattle, WA, 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 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.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In the late 19th century, 33 cultural items were removed from an 
unknown location by James T. White from Point Hope, North Slope 
Borough, AK, and later donated to the Burke Museum by his wife in 1904. 
The 33 unassociated funerary objects are 1 wooden mask, 4 ground stone 
tools, 1 lot of earthenware fragments, 1 ivory thimble holder, 1 
needle, 1 needle case, 1 comb, 1 scoop, 1 pipe, 2 pipe bowls, 1 ivory 
tool, 3 ground stone knives, 2 stone points, 2 bone points, 2 harpoon 
heads, 1 scraper blade, 4 harpoon points, 1 lance, 1 sinew rope, and 2 
adzes.
    In the late 19th century, one unassociated funerary object was 
removed from Point Hope, AK. It is believed that this object was also 
removed by James T. White and donated to Young Naturalist Society, who 
then donated it to the Burke Museum in 1904. The one unassociated 
funerary object is one lot of earthenware fragments. These fragments 
are labeled with the same writing and are given similar numbers to the 
other fragments from James T. White.
    The objects were listed in the accession records as being removed 
from ``old Tigarah'' or ``old Eskimo'' graves at Point Hope. The 
objects are consistent with historic and prehistoric material cultural 
from this area and are related to the Inupiat people of the Point Hope 
(Tikigaq, aka Tigara) area (Damas, 1984). The modern day Inupiat 
descendants from Point Hope are members of the Native Village of Point 
Hope.

Determinations Made by the Burke Museum

    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 34 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 a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     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 Native Village of Point Hope.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of 
Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, 
email plape@uw.edu, by March 27, 2017. After that date, if no 
additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the 
unassociated funerary objects to the Native Village of Point Hope may 
proceed.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Native Village of 
Point Hope that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 11, 2017.
Melanie O'Brien,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2017-03605 Filed 2-23-17; 8:45 am]
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