[Federal Register: December 17, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 242)]
[Notices]
[Page 69651-69652]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service, Interior

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from the Naval Ordnance Center, Port
Hadlock, WA in the Control of the Pacific Division, Port Hadlock
Detachment, United States Navy, Port Hadlock, 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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from the Naval Ordnance Center, Port Hadlock, WA in
the control of the Pacific Division, Port Hadlock Detachment, United
States Navy, Port Hadlock, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by U.S. Navy
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.
    During 1975- November 16, 1990, human remains representing six
individuals were recovered from the Walan Point and Bugge Spit sites at
Port Hadlock Detachment located on Indian Island near Port Hadlock, WA
during archeological surveys and construction projects by U.S. Navy
personnel. No known individuals were identified. The 42 associated
funerary objects include an antler tine, worked bone, an antler wedge,
bone blanket pin, pendant, shell bead, dentalium, holed pectin shell,
olivella shel bead, glass trade beads, and an iron knife blade.
    Based on radiocarbon dates and burial location, the two individuals
from the Walan Point site have been determined to be Native American,
dated to between 1550-1260 years before present. The burnt condition of
the remains of one individual may indicate cremation prior to burial.
    Based on the archeological context and radiocarbon dates of
surrounding material, the four individuals from the Bugge Spit site
have been determined to be Native American, dated to be approximately
300 years old.
    Ethnographic documents detailing territories of various Native
American groups within the vicinity of these two sites indicate that
Indian Island was inhabited by the Chemakum people at the time the
first Euroamericans arrived in the Northwest. Around 1850, a series of
battles between the Chemakum and the S'Klallam and Suquamish tribes
ended in the virtual destruction of the Chemakum. Historic documents
indicate the surviving Chemakum were absorbed into the neighboring
S'Klallam villages.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the United
States Navy have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of six
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the United States
Navy have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 42
objects listed 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. Lastly, officials of the United States
Navy have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), 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 Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

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    This notice has been sent to officials of the Jamestown S'Klallam
Tribe. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Mr. Tim Johnson, Naval Ordnance Center,
Pacific Division, Port Hadlock Detachment, Port Hadlock, WA 98339;
telephone: (360) 396-5236, before January 19, 1999. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Jamestown
S'Klallam Tribe may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: December 11, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-33450 Filed 12-16-98; 8:45 am]
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