[Federal Register: October 28, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 209)]
[Notices]
[Page 55649-55650]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from the Puget Sound Area, WA, in the Possession of the Washington
State Historical Society, Tacoma, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 an inventory of human remains from the
Puget Sound area, WA, in the possession of the Washington State
Historical Society, Tacoma, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Washington
State Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    In 1897-1898, human remains representing three individuals were
apparently donated to the Washington State Historical Society by Fay
Fuller, Mrs. Theodore Huggins, or Mr. Theodore Huggins, all Pierce
County residents. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In 1917, human remains representing one individual from the Puget
Sound area were donated to the Washington State Historical Society by
Miss Ruby Blackwell. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1920, human remains representing one individual were donated to
the Washington State Historical Society by Mr. C. Arthur Foss of
Tacoma, WA. Mr. Foss was known as a collector of Northwest Coast
artifacts. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Before 1921, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were donated to the Washington State Historical Society by Mr. W.E.
Lowrie of Tacoma, WA. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1957, human remains representing one individual were donated to
the Washington State Historical Society by Mrs. J.A. McLeod of Tacoma,
WA. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects
are present.
    The record of early donations to the Washington State Historical
Society indicates these donations were generated from the local area of
Tacoma. Morphological evidence and these records, including intentional
cranial modification, other phyiscal characteristics, and geographic
location, indicate these individuals are Native Americans from the
Northwest Coast area. Historical documents and anthropological evidence
indicate this type of modification was practiced by coastal tribes from
British Columbia to Oregon into the historic period.
    In August, 1996, the Washington State Historical Society and the
Puyallup Tribe of Indians jointly mailed correspondence to all Indian
tribes or Native Alaska Corporations with cultural ties to Northwest
coastal regions, proposing these individuals be repatriated for the
purpose of reburial. The proposal was sent to: AHTNA, Inc., the Aleut
Corporation, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Bering Straits
Native Corporation, the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the Calista
Corporation, the Chehalis Tribe, the Chugach Alaska Corporation, the
Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Cook
Inlet Region, Inc., the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of
Upmquah Indians, Doyon, Ltd., the Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Hoh Tribe,
the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Koniag, Inc., the Lummi Nation, the
Makah Tribe, the Muckleshoot Tribe, the NANA Corporation, the Nisqually
Tribe, the Nooksack Tribe, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the
Quinalut Nation, the Quileute Tribe, the Samish Tribe, the Sauk-
Suiattle Tribe, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, the Skokomish Tribe, the
Squaxin Island Tribe, the Stillaguamish Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, the
Swinomish Tribe, Sealaska Corporation, the Siletz Tribe, the Suquamish
Tribe, the Swinomish Tribe, the Thirteenth Regional Corporation, the
Tulalip Tribes, and the Upper Skagit Tribe. The Wahkiakum Band of the
Chinook Tribe, a non-Federally recognized Native American group, was
also notified. As of September 3, 1996, letters of support from Bering
Straits Foundation on behalf of the Bering Straits Native Corporation,
Chugach Heritage Foundation on behalf of the Chugach Native
Corporation, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Koniag, Inc., the Sauk-
Suiattle Indian Tribe, the Swinomish

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Tribe, and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe have been received. No
objecting comments have been recieved. Consultation evidence presented
by representatives of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and a joint review
of available ethno-historic and geographical evidence indicate the most
likely culturally affiliated Indian tribe is the Puyallup Tribe of
Indians.
    Based on the above mentioned information, Washington State
Historical Society officials have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of seven individuals of Native American ancestry. Washington
State Historical Society 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 these Native American human
remains and associated funerary objects and the Puyallup Tribe of
Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of AHTNA, Inc., the Aleut
Corporation, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Bering Straits
Native Corporation, the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the Calista
Corporation, the Chehalis Tribe, the Chugach Alaska Corporation, the
Confederated Tribe of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Cook
Inlet Region, Inc., the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of
Upmquah Indians, Doyon, Ltd., the Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Hoh Tribe,
the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Koniag, Inc., the Lummi Nation, the
Makah Tribe, the Muckleshoot Tribe, the NANA Corporation, the Nisqually
Tribe, the Nooksack Tribe, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the
Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Quinalut Nation, the Quileute Tribe, the
Samish Tribe, the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, the
Skokomish Tribe, the Squaxin Island Tribe, the Stillaguamish Tribe, the
Suquamish Tribe, the Swinomish Tribe, Sealaska Corporation, the Siletz
Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, the Swinomish Tribe, the Thirteenth
Regional Corporation, the Tulalip Tribes, the Upper Skagit Tribe, and
the Wahkiakum Band of the Chinook Tribe, a non-Federally recognized
Native American group. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Lynn D. Anderson,
Washington State Historical Society/ 315 N. Stadium Way, Tacoma, WA
98403; telephone (206) 798-5911, before November 27, 1996. Repatriation
of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Puyallup
Tribe of Indians may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: October 21, 1996.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-27550 Filed 10-25-96; 8:45 am]
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