Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC, 11642-11643 [2017-03611]

Download as PDF 11642 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation; Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington); and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘The Invited and Consulted Tribes’’). Due to the ambiguity of the region listed as the ‘‘Northwest Coast,’’ consultation efforts were extended to tribal communities in the coastal areas of Washington State. History and Description of the Remains On an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from an unknown location along the ‘‘Northwest Coast.’’ This individual was transferred to Indiana University from the University of Chicago during the 1950s along with four other individuals. Notes with these four individuals indicated they were likely collected from the Anacortes area of Washington State. The boxes are recorded as having been previously from the University of Washington; however, efforts in collaboration with NAGPRA personnel at the University of Washington have failed to locate additional information regarding the collection’s presence at the University of Washington and its subsequent transfer to the University of Chicago. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The four individuals were transferred to the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation in summer of 2016. Through consultation, it was decided that this individual should be transferred with the other four individuals, as it is likely that they were collected together from the same location. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Determinations Made by the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Officials of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice are Native American based on osteological evidence and collection history. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. • 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 • On January 22, 1855, the Point Elliot Treaty was signed by representatives from the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington), Nooksack Indian Tribe, Samish Indian Nation (previously listed as the Samish Indian Tribe, Washington), SaukSuiattle Indian Tribe, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington), Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington), Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (previously listed as the Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of Washington), Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington), and the Upper Skagit Tribe (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘The Aboriginal Land Tribes’’). The Point Elliot Treaty established an agreement between the United States Government and The Aboriginal Land Tribes for lands in western Washington. The lands around Anacortes, WA from which the Native American human remains were removed were a part of the aboriginal lands ceded by the Point Elliot Treaty. • Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the human remains may be to The Aboriginal Land Tribes. Additional Requestors and Disposition 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. Jayne-Leigh Thomas, NAGPRA Director, Indiana University, NAGPRA Office, Student Building 318, 701 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405, telephone (812) 856–5315, email thomajay@ indiana.edu, by March 27, 2017. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to The Aboriginal Land Tribes may proceed. Indiana University is responsible for notifying The Invited and Consulted Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: January 30, 2017. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2017–03619 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–22721; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy (DoN) 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 Department of the Navy. 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 Department of the Navy at the address in this notice by March 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: 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. SUMMARY: 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 Department of the Navy. The human remains were removed from Indian Island, Jefferson County, WA. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 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

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Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, 
Department of the Navy, Washington, DC

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy (DoN) 
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 Department of the Navy. 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 
Department of the Navy at the address in this notice by March 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: 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.

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 Department of the Navy. The human remains were 
removed from Indian Island, Jefferson County, WA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole 
responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has 
control of the Native American human

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remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

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. 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 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.
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