FR Doc E6-19790
[Federal Register: November 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 225)]
[Notices]               
[Page 67634-67635]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Pierce College District, 
Lakewood, 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 possession of the 
Pierce College District, Lakewood, WA. The human remains were removed 
from site 45-PI-07, also known as the Purdy 1 site, at Carr Inlet, 
Pierce 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 Native 
American 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 Pierce 
College professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington.
    Between April 1975 and August 1976, the human remains of a number 
of Native American individuals were removed from site 45-PI-07, also 
known as the Purdy 1 site, at Carr Inlet, Pierce County, WA, by a 
Pierce College instructor, Dale McGinnis, and James Forrest, a Pierce 
College student. The human remains were initially brought to Fort 
Steilacoom Community College, now called Pierce College, for storage. 
At an unknown date, the human remains of an unknown number of 
individuals were re-interred by representatives of local Indian tribes 
and First Nations. In 1978, the human remains of a minimum of 29 
individuals were transferred to the care of Mr. Forrest. In 2006, Mr. 
Forrest transferred the human remains to Pierce College. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Site 45-PI-07 is a shell mound measuring 5 feet high, 30 feet wide, 
and 120 feet long. Osteological and archeological analysis indicate 
that the human remains removed from site 45-PI-07 are of Native 
American ancestry, based on the presence of extreme degrees of dental 
ware, marked shoveling of the exposed permanent incisors, blunt nasal 
sills, rounded chins, squatting facets on the talus, and their flex-
kneed burial position, and site context. Archeological materials 
recovered from the site indicate a wide range of use during the 
prehistoric and historic periods. Site 45-PI-07 is located within the 
area long occupied by the Shotlemamish, a Southern Lushootseed speaking 
group.

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Descendants of the Shotlemamish are members of the Puyallup Tribe of 
the Puyallup Reservation, Washington.
    Officials of the Pierce College District have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of 29 individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Pierce College District 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 Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Chris 
MacKersie, District Director of Safety & Security and the Assistant 
Director of Facilities, Pierce College District, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, 
Lakewood, WA 98498, (253) 912-3655 December 22, 2006. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, 
Washington may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    Pierce College District is responsible for notifying the Puyallup 
Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: October 26, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-19790 Filed 11-21-06; 8:45 am]

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