FR Doc E8-559
[Federal Register: January 15, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 10)]
[Notices]               
[Page 2526]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Slater Museum of Natural History, 
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, 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 
Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, 
WA. The human remains were removed from Malheur Lake, Harney County, 
OR.
    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 Slater 
Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound professional staff 
and a consultant in consultation with representatives of the Burns 
Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon and Klamath 
Tribes, Oregon.
    In 1936, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from near Malheur Lake, Harney County, OR, by Stanley G. 
Jewett. Mr. Jewett donated the human remains to the Slater Museum in 
1955. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The individual is most likely of Native American ancestry as 
indicated by morphological features. The geographical location where 
the human remains were recovered is consistent with the historically 
documented territory of the tribes now represented by the Burns Paiute 
Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon. Furthermore, based 
on information provided during consultation with tribal 
representatives, there is a reasonable belief that the human remains 
share a common ancestry with members of tribes now represented by the 
Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon.
    Officials of the Slater Museum of Natural History 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 Slater Museum of Natural History 
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 Burns Paiute Tribe of 
the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Peter Wimberger, Slater Museum of Natural History, 1500 N. Warner, 
Tacoma, WA 98416, (253) 879-2784, before February 14, 2008. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Burns Paiute Tribe of the 
Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Slater Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon and 
Klamath Tribes, Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 7, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-559 Filed 1-14-08; 8:45 am]

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