[Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 32 (Wednesday, February 16, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9051-9052]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-3522]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-65]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Washington State Department of 
Natural Resources, Olympia, WA and University of Washington, Department 
of Anthropology, Seattle, WA; Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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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 the 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA, and in 
the physical custody of the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed from 
Huckleberry Island, Skagit 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.
    This notice corrects the controlling agency and adds two additional 
Indian tribes found to have a shared group relationship to a Notice of 
Inventory Completion published in the Federal Register (75 FR 14463, 
March 25, 2010). Since the time of publication, an additional two 
Indian tribes have been found to have a cultural affiliation with the 
Native American human remains. In addition, in the original Notice, the 
University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, had believed it 
was in control of the Native American human remains, however, the land 
was under the control of the Washington State Department of Natural 
Resources at the time of removal, and as such the Washington State 
Department of Natural Resources is in control of the Native American 
human remains. This Notice replaces the Notice of March 25, 2010, with 
the following:
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, and Burke Museum 
staff in consultation with representatives of the Lummi Tribe of the 
Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; and the 
Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Huckleberry Island, Skagit County, WA. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The human remains were determined to be consistent with Native 
American morphology, as evidenced through cranial deformation and 
presence of wormian bones.
    Huckleberry Island is a small island located approximately \1/4\ 
mile southeast of Guemes Island, in Skagit County, WA. This area falls 
within the Central Coast Salish cultural group (Suttles 1990). 
Historical documentation indicates that the aboriginal Samish people 
traditionally occupied Guemes Island (Amoss 1978, Roberts 1975, Ruby 
and Brown 1986, Smith 1941, Suttles 1951, Swanton 1952) and Huckleberry 
Island (Barg 2008, unpublished report) both before and after contact. 
The Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855 stated that the Samish were to be 
relocated to the Lummi Reservation. After the Treaty of Point Elliot, 
many Samish individuals relocated to either the Lummi Reservation or 
the Swinomish

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Reservation (Ruby and Brown 1986:179). However, many Samish chose to 
remain in their old village sites. In 1996, the Samish Indian Tribe was 
re-recognized by the Federal Government.
    Officials of the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology, have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the 
human remains described above represent the physical remains of one 
individual of Native American ancestry. Lastly, officials of the 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the University of 
Washington, Department of Anthropology, have determined, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001(2), that there is a relationship of shared group identity 
that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains 
and the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian 
Tribe, Washington; and the Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Maurice 
Major, Cultural Resource Specialist, Washington State Department of 
Natural Resources; PO Box 47000, 1111 Washington St. SE., Olympia, WA 
98504-7000, telephone (360) 902-1298, before March 18, 2011. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Samish Indian Tribe, 
Washington, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is responsible 
for notifying the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; 
Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; and the Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation, Washington, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 11, 2011.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-3522 Filed 2-15-11; 8:45 am]
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