[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 38 (Monday, February 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11582-11583]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4517]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Central Washington University Department of 
Anthropology, Ellensburg, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Central Washington University Department of Anthropology has 
completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary object in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and has determined that there 
is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary 
object and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe 
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and 
associated funerary object may contact the Central Washington University 
Department of Anthropology. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary object to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional 
claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural 
affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary object should 
contact the Central Washington University Department of Anthropology at the 
address below by March 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon, Central Washington University Department of 
Anthropology, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544, telephone (509) 963-2671.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 control of Central Washington University Department of 
Anthropology, Ellensburg, WA. The human remains and associated funerary object 
were removed from Stevens 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 object. The National Park Service is not 
responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Central 
Washington University Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington.

History and Description of the Remains

    On an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from Stevens County, WA, by an unknown individual. In 1974, the 
Thomas Burke Memorial State Museum (Burke Museum), University of Washington, 
transferred the human remains and associated funerary object to Central

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Washington University. The one associated funerary object is a bone tool.
    Documentation with the human remains states that the remains were 
recovered from ``Colville'' in Stevens County, WA. Based on osteological 
evidence and the associated funerary object, the human remains are Native 
American. The geographic location within the Plateau Culture Area, oral 
tradition, anthropological and historical research all indicate that the town 
of Colville lies within an area occupied by the San Poil and Nespelem tribes 
or bands, who are members of and legally represented by the Confederated 
Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington. Both the Colville and the 
Lakes tribes were part of the twelve tribes or bands that comprise the 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington.

Determinations Made by the Central Washington University, Department of 
Anthropology

    Officials of Central Washington University Department of Anthropology have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
     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.
     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 
Colville Reservation, Washington.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally 
affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary object should 
contact Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon, Central Washington University Department of 
Anthropology, 400 University Drive, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544, telephone (509) 
963-2671, before March 28, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary object to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington, may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Central Washington University Department of Anthropology is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 22, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-4517 Filed 2-24-12; 8:45 am]
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