FR Doc 2010-6574[Federal Register: March 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 57)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Oregon Museum of 
Natural and Cultural History/Oregon State Museum of Anthropology, 
Eugene, 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 and an associated funerary 
object in the possession of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural 
and Cultural History/Oregon State Museum of Anthropology, Eugene, OR. 
The human remains and associated funerary object were removed from the 
Columbia River area.
    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 and associated funerary object. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History/Oregon 
State Museum of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of 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; 
Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Nez 
Perce Tribe, Idaho; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; and Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, 
Washington.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of four 
individuals were removed from the Columbia River area. In 1941, the 
human remains were donated to the museum by a private party. No known 
individuals were identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
strand of cordage.
    Skeletal evidence from two individuals indicates they are Native 
American. The remaining human remains are too fragmentary for 
identification, but are reasonably believed to be Native American based 
upon their association with the other individuals. Museum documentation 
is limited, and records only the general provenience, "Columbia River 
area." Given the origin of most human remains curated by the 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History/Oregon 
State Museum of Anthropology, it is likely that these are from the 
Columbia River in or near the state of Oregon, but this cannot be 
ascertained.
    The Columbia River area has been occupied by many tribes. The 
tribes traveled to gather resources and to trade. The descendants of 
the tribes from the Columbia River area are members of the Confederated 
Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of 
the Colville Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand 
Ronde Community of 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; Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel 
Reservation, Washington; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; Shoalwater Bay Tribe 
of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; and Spokane Tribe 
of the Spokane Reservation, Washington.
    Officials of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History/Oregon State Museum of Anthropology have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the University of Oregon Museum of 
Natural and Cultural History/Oregon State Museum of Anthropology have 
also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the one object 
described above is 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 University of Oregon 
of Natural and Cultural History/Oregon State Museum of Anthropology 
have also 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 associated funerary 
object and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of 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; 
Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Nez 
Perce Tribe, Idaho; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; and/or Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History/Oregon 
State Museum of Anthropology, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120, before April 26, 2010. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary object to the 
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington; 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; 
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of 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; 
Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Nez 
Perce Tribe, Idaho; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; and/or Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation, Washington may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Oregon State Museum of Anthropology is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes of the

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Chehalis Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of 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; Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel 
Reservation, Washington; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; Shoalwater Bay Tribe 
of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; and Spokane Tribe 
of the Spokane Reservation, Washington that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: March 3, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-6574 Filed 3-24-10; 8:45 am]
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