FR Doc E6-1378
[Federal Register: February 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 22)]
[Notices]               
[Page 5684]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Renton Historical Society and 
Museum, Renton, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    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 in the control of the 
Renton Historical Society and Museum, Renton, WA. The human remains 
were removed from King 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). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the human 
remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Renton 
Historical Society and Museum professional staff in consultations with 
representatives of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot 
Reservation, Washington.
    In the early 1900s, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown site on the beach of southern 
Lake Washington, Renton, King County, WA, by Carl Mattison, a local 
resident. In 1978, the human remains were donated to the Renton 
Historical Society and Museum by Marilyn Calcaterra and Judith Matson. 
No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Based on a cursory physical examination of the human remains and 
general knowledge of indigenous habitation of the Lake Washington area 
prior to colonization by Europeans, the human remains are presumed to 
comprise the partial skeleton of an individual of Native American 
ancestry. According to museum records, the donor speculated that a mass 
burial site, similar to those used by Native Americans, was within the 
general area where the human remains were unearthed. Moreover, Native 
Americans have been known to populate the area surrounding Lake 
Washington since before contact. Descendants of the original 
inhabitants are members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the 
Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington, and the Lake Washington area is 
within their aboriginal territory.
    Officials of the Renton Historical Society and Museum have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Renton Historical Society 
and Museum also have determined that, 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 remains and the Muckleshoot 
Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Laura 
Crawford, Acting Collections Manager, Renton Historical Museum, 235 
Mill Avenue South, Renton, WA 98055, telephone (425) 255-2330, before 
March 6, 2006. Repatriation of the human remains to the Muckleshoot 
Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Renton Historical Society and Museum is responsible for 
notifying the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, 
Washington that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 20, 2006.
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-1378 Filed 2-1-06; 8:45 am]

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