[Federal Register: August 20, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 162)]
[Notices]
[Page 43073]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of the inventory of human remains in the
possession of the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, Port
Angeles, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by National
Park Service professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Makah Tribal Council.
    Prior to 1952, human remains representing one adult individual were
recovered from a site located within the Makah Indian Reservation, and
donated to the park in 1952 by Mr. Fred Pennoyer. Mr. Pennoyer stated
he removed the skull at ``the Makah site of Waatch.'' No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The Makah site of Waatch was archeologically documented in 1947 by
Richard Daugherty as being affiliated with the Makah Indian Tribe. A C-
14 sample from the site yielded a date of approximately 4,000 years BP.
Numerous historical documents confirm Makah occupation of the site well
into the historic period. The National Park Service has interpreted
these data to indicate a continuity of Makah occupation of this site.
These remains are believed to date to the Makah occupation of the site.
Visual examination of the human remains indicate they are Native
American.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the National
Park Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry. Park officials have also
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between the human remains and the Makah Indian Tribe of Washington.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Makah Tribal Council.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Mr. David
Morris, Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue,
Port Angeles, WA 98362; telephone: (360) 452-4501, ext. 310 before
September 19, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains to the Makah
Indian Tribe may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: August 14, 1996.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-21106 Filed 8-19-96; 8:45 am]
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