[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 16 (Thursday, January 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5200-5201]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01323]



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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11917; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Washington, 
Department of Anthropology, Seattle, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, has 
completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has 
determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains 
and any present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe 
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains 
and associated funerary objects may contact the Burke Museum acting on 
behalf of the University of Washington, Department of Anthropology. 
Disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the 
Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come 
forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact the University of Washington at the address 
below by February 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 
353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849.

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 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the University of 
Washington, Department of Anthropology. The human remains were removed 
from a location near the Skagit River in 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) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by the Burke Museum and University of Washington 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Lummi 
Tribe of the Lummi Reservation; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously 
listed as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, 
Washington); Nooksack Indian Tribe; Samish Indian Nation (previously 
listed as the Samish Indian Tribe, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian 
Tribe; Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed 
as the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington); Suquamish Indian Tribe of 
the Port Madison Reservation; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation of Washington; Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously 
listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington); 
and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. In 1995, as part of the NAGPRA 
compliance process, these remains were reported to the Confederated 
Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Confederated Tribes of the 
Chehalis Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; 
Hoh Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh 
Indian Reservation, Washington); Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe; Kalispel 
Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation; Lower Elwha Tribal 
Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the 
Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington); Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation; 
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Muckleshoot Indian 
Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington); Nisqually Indian 
Tribe (previously listed as the Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually 
Reservation, Washington); Nooksack Indian Tribe; Port Gamble Band of 
S'Klallam Indians (previously listed as the Port Gamble Indian 
Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington); Puyallup Tribe 
of the Puyallup Reservation; Quileute Tribe of the Quileute 
Reservation; Quinault Indian Nation (previously listed as the Quinault 
Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian 
Tribe; Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation (previously listed as the Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the 
Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington); Skokomish Indian Tribe 
(previously listed as the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington); Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation; 
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation; Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Washington); Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of 
Washington; Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the 
Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington); and the Upper 
Skagit Indian Tribe (hereafter all tribes listed in this section are 
referred to as ``The Consulted and Notified Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1978, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
(Specimen 14) were removed from a location near the north fork 
of the Skagit River in Skagit County, WA. The human remains were 
identified during the installation of a septic tank and removed by a 
pathologist on behalf of the Skagit County Coroner. No known 
individuals were identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
non-human mammal bone.

Determinations Made by the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology

    Officials of the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology, have determined that:
     Based on cranial morphology and original documentation 
records, the human remains are Native American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed is the aboriginal land of the 
Lower Skagit. The Lower Skagit signed the Point Elliot Treaty of 
January 22, 1855, and thereafter moved to the Swinomish Reservation. 
Descendants of the Lower Skagit are members of the present-day 
Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of Washington and the 
Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes 
of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington).
     The Point Elliot Treaty of January 22, 1855, was signed by 
representatives from the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation; 
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Muckleshoot Indian 
Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington); Nooksack Indian 
Tribe; Samish Indian Nation (previously listed as the Samish Indian 
Tribe, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe; Stillaguamish Tribe of

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Indians of Washington (previously listed as the Stillaguamish Tribe of 
Washington); Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation; 
Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of Washington; Tulalip 
Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the 
Tulalip Reservation, Washington); and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe 
(hereafter referred to as ``The Aboriginal Tribes''). The Point Elliot 
Treaty provided an agreement between the above-mentioned tribes and the 
United States Government for land in western Washington. The land from 
which the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects 
were removed (near the Skagit River in Skagit County) was part of the 
aboriginal land ceded by the Point Elliot Treaty.
     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 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains and associated funerary objects may be to The Aboriginal 
Tribes. As of the date of publication, the Samish Indian Nation 
(previously listed as the Samish Indian Tribe, Washington); 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as the 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington); and the Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation have claimed the human remains and funerary 
objects.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object or any other Indian tribe that believes it satisfies the 
criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should contact Peter Lape, Burke Museum, 
University of Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone 
(206) 685-3849, before February 25, 2013. Disposition of the human 
remains to The Aboriginal Tribes may proceed after that date if no 
additional requestors come forward.
    The University of Washington, Department of Anthropology is 
responsible for notifying The Consulted and Notified Tribes that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: December 13, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-01323 Filed 1-23-13; 8:45 am]
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