[Federal Register: August 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 164)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Oregon Museum of Science and 
Industry, Portland, 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 Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 
Portland, OR. The human remains were removed from an area in the 
vicinity of The Dalles, 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 and associated funerary object. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
object was made by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry professional 
staff in consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes 
of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    In the 1930s or early 1940s, human remains representing a minimum 
of one individual were removed from an area in the vicinity of the city 
of The Dalles, Wasco County, OR, by Alonzo Hancock. Mr. Hancock removed 
the remains after they had been excavated during construction work on 
the south side of a roadcut. The exact location of the road is unclear 
from museum records. Mr. Hancock donated the human remains to the 
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in 1946. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
observable dental traits and museum documentation that refers to the 
human remains as ``Chinook.''
    In the 1930s, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an area in the vicinity of the city of The 
Dalles, Wasco County, OR, by an unknown individual. The exact location 
of the area is unclear from museum records. The human remains were 
donated to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry by an unknown 
individual sometime between the 1940s and the 1970s. No known 
individual was identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
copper earring.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
observable dental traits and the type of associated funerary object.
    The Dalles, OR, is within the traditional territory of the present-
day Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, 
which is composed of Wasco, Warm Springs, and Paiute bands and tribes. 
The Columbia River-based Wasco were the easternmost group of Chinookan-
speaking Indians. The Sahaptin-speaking Warm Springs bands lived along 
the Columbia's tributaries. The Paiutes speak a Shoshonean dialect and 
traditionally lived in southeastern Oregon. The Confederated Tribes of 
the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon peoples also traditionally 
shared this area with the fourteen Sahaptin-, Salish-, and Chinookan-
speaking tribes and bands of the present-day Confederated Tribes and 
Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington. The traditional territory of 
the Yakama included the Washington side of the Columbia River between 
the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range and the lower Yakima River 
watershed.
    Officials of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of two individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Oregon Museum of Science and 
Industry also have 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 
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry 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 associated funerary object and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of 
the Yakama Indian Nation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact Lori Erickson, Curator, Oregon Museum of Science 
and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214, telephone (503) 
797-4582, before September 24, 2010. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary object to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of 
the Yakama Nation, Washington, may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, 
Washington, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 19, 2010
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-21188 Filed 8-24-10; 8:45 am]
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