FR Doc E9-2129[Federal Register: February 2, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 20)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Oregon State University, 
Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR

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 Oregon 
State University, Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR. The human 
remains were removed from Clark 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 Oregon State 
University, Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Chehalis Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand 
Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Muckleshoot 
Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually 
Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Snoqualmie 
Tribe, Washington; Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, 
Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; and the Clatsop-Nehalem 
Confederated Tribes of Oregon, a non-Federally recognized Indian group; 
Snoqualmoo Tribe of Washington, a non-Federally recognized Indian 
group; and Wanapum Band, a non-Federally recognized Indian group. The 
Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; 
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of 
Oregon; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; 
Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington; 
Klamath Tribes, Oregon; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha 
Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, 
Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation, 
Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; Port Gamble Indian 
Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of 
the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Quileute Tribe of the Quileute 
Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, 
Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe 
of Washington; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island 
Reservation, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington; and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington were notified, 
but did not participate in consultations about the human remains 
described in this notice.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Vancouver, Clark County, WA. In 1999, the 
skull was donated to the Department of Anthropology by an unknown 
donor. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    Department records indicate an unsigned note stated that the skull 
was from Vancouver, WA, and removed from the north side of the Columbia 
River in the early 1900s during a construction project. Oregon State 
University, Department of Anthropology osteology experts have indicated 
that the skull has been culturally modified. The Vancouver area was 
used extensively by many Native Americans, both prior to and during the 
trading era of the Hudson's Bay Company, which was located at Fort 
Vancouver. From 1824 until 1860, this site was a principle trading 
post, with over 25 Indian Tribes from the Northwest either living or 
visiting this area. In addition, tribes from the Great Plains, the 
eastern seaboard, and the Hawaiian Islands have been associated with 
this area during that time.
    From 1860 to 1948, the site was considered part of the Fort 
Vancouver National Monument and was used by the U.S. Army. It was 
during this period that many Northwest tribal people were

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held as prisoners in the Vancouver Barracks. The above mentioned 
consulting tribes found the modification and geographic origin to be 
consistent with cultural practices common to Indian Tribes in Oregon 
and parts of Washington. The above mentioned consulting tribes also 
include the geographic region of Fort Vancouver, Clark County, WA, as 
an area that they used in both Pre- and Post-contact Periods.
    Officials of the Oregon State University, Department of 
Anthropology 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 Oregon State 
University, Department of Anthropology 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 Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon; Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes 
of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and 
Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, 
Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, 
Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, 
Washington; Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington; Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation, Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; and the 
Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes of Oregon, a non-Federally 
recognized Indian group; Snoqualmoo Tribe of Washington, a non-
Federally recognized Indian group; and Wanapum Band, a non-Federally 
recognized Indian group.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
David McMurray, Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology, 
238 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-4515, before 
March 4, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated 
Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of 
the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Muckleshoot 
Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually 
Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Snoqualmie 
Tribe, Washington; Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, 
Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; and the Clatsop-Nehalem 
Confederated Tribes of Oregon, a non-Federally recognized Indian group; 
Snoqualmoo Tribe of Washington, a non-Federally recognized Indian 
group; and Wanapum Band, a non-Federally recognized Indian group, may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology is 
responsible for notifying the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute 
Indian Colony of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua 
and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, 
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; 
Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Hoh Indian 
Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington; Jamestown S'Klallam 
Tribe of Washington; Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel 
Reservation, Washington; Klamath Tribes, Oregon; Lower Elwha Tribal 
Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of 
the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah 
Indian Reservation, Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the 
Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; 
Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, 
Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; 
Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe 
of the Quinault Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, 
Washington; Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington; Shoalwater Bay 
Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; Skokomish 
Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; Snoqualmie 
Tribe, Washington; Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, 
Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, 
Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe 
of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington; Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington; and 
the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes of Oregon, a non-Federally 
recognized Indian group; Snoqualmoo Tribe of Washington, a non-
Federally recognized Indian group; and Wanapum Band, a non-Federally 
recognized Indian group, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 14, 2009
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-2129 Filed 1-30-09; 8:45 am]

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