[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 93 (Friday, May 13, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28076-28077]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-11852]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

Notice of Inventory Completion: Museum of Anthropology, 
Washington State University, Pullman, 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 and associated funerary 
items that were in possession of the Museum of Anthropology at 
Washington State University, Pullman, WA. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from Asotin 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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Museum 
of Anthropology at the Washington State University professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Colville Reservation, Washington; 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; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum Band, a 
non-Federally recognized Indian group.
    This notice corrects the minimum number of individuals for a Notice 
of Inventory Completion published in the Federal Register (75 FR 41883-
41884, July 19, 2010). After repatriation and reburial, a re-evaluation 
of inventory numbers by a tribal representative resulted in an increase 
in the number of individuals from two to six in one of the two sites 
described in the previously published notice.
    Paragraph number 4 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:

    In June and July of 1951, human remains representing a minimum of 
six individuals were removed from the Steptoe Burial site (45AS2), in 
Asotin County, WA. The burials were removed as part of an archeological 
study performed by the Department of Anthropology at Washington State 
University under the direction of Dr. Richard Daugherty. No known 
individuals were identified. The 57 associated funerary objects are 4 
projectile points, 2 scrapers, 1 bone scraper handle, 1 lot of mussel 
shells, 1 lot of red ochre, 2 bone awls, 1 lot of charcoal, 1 pestle, 2 
lots of cedar wood fragments, 3 lots of shell beads, 1 stone bead 
necklace, 2 bifaces, 5 lots of bag residue, 4 lots of animal bones, 1 
stone net sinker, 1 lot of tin can fragments, 2 fragments of flatware, 
1 lot of buttons, 6 lots of fabric fragments, 3 lots of nails, 2 lots 
of metal fragments, 3 lots of glass beads, 3 lots of modified wood 
fragments, and 5 lots of leather fragments.

    Paragraph 10 is replaced with the following:

    Officials of the Museum of Anthropology at the Washington State 
University have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the 
human remains described above represent the physical remains of nine 
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Museum of 
Anthropology at the Washington State University also have determined, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), that the 59 objects described above 
are 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 Museum of Anthropology at the 
Washington State University, 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 
associated funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; 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; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the 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 and associated funerary 
items should contact Mary Collins, Director, Museum of Anthropology at 
the Washington State University, P.O. Box 62291, Pullman, WA 99164-
4910, telephone (509) 335-4314. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; 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; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum Band, a 
non-Federally recognized Indian group, occurred after the 30 day 
comment period expired for the original July 19, 2010, Notice of 
Inventory Completion.

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    The Museum of Anthropology at the Washington State University is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; 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; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum Band, a 
non-Federally recognized Indian group, that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: May 9, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-11852 Filed 5-12-11; 8:45 am]
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