[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 72 (Monday, April 15, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22286-22288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08782]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12591; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


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, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has 
determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and any present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian 
organizations. Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written 
request to the Burke Museum acting on behalf of the University of 
Washington, Department of Anthropology. If no additional requestors 
come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may 
proceed.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written 
request with information in support of the request to the University of 
Washington at the address in this notice by May 15, 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 under 
the control of the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology, and in the possession of the Burke Museum. The human 
remains were removed from an unknown location, possibly from Washington 
State.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, and the Burke 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
tribes with aboriginal territory in Washington, Michigan, and South 
Carolina. The consultant tribes with aboriginal territory in Washington 
include: the Coeur D'Alene Tribe (previously listed as the Coeur 
D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur D'Alene Reservation, Idaho); Confederated 
Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Confederated Tribes of the 
Chehalis Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; 
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (previously 
listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon); 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Cowlitz 
Indian Tribe; 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); Nez Perce Tribe (previously listed as Nez 
Perce Tribe of Idaho); Nooksack Indian Tribe; Port

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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; Samish Indian Nation (previously 
listed as the Samish Indian Tribe, Washington); Skokomish Indian Tribe 
(previously listed as the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington); Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (previously listed as 
the Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington); Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation; 
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); Upper Skagit 
Indian Tribe; and the Wanapum Band of Priest Rapids, a non-Federally 
recognized Indian group. The following tribes with aboriginal territory 
in Washington State were also invited to participate but were not 
involved in consultations: Hoh Indian Tribe (previously listed as the 
Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington); Nisqually 
Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington); Quileute Tribe of the Quileute 
Reservation; Quinault Indian Nation (previously listed as the Quinault 
Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian 
Tribe; and the Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation (previously listed as the Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the 
Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington).
    The consultant tribes with aboriginal territory in Michigan 
include: the Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Grand Traverse Band 
of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Hannahville Indian Community, 
Michigan; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert 
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of 
Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan; Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of 
Michigan; Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan 
(previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.); Pokagon Band of 
Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 
of Michigan; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of 
Michigan.
    The consultant tribes with aboriginal territory in South Carolina 
include: the Catawba Indian Nation (aka Catawba Tribe of South 
Carolina); Cherokee Nation; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; and the 
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
    Hereafter, all tribes listed in this section are referred to as 
``The Consulted and Notified Tribes.''

History and Description of the Remains

    At unknown dates, human remains representing, at minimum, 13 
individuals were removed from various unknown sites, possibly in 
Washington State or South Carolina. Subsequently, the human remains 
became part of a teaching collection housed at the University of 
Washington, Department of Anthropology. There is no provenience 
information for the 13 individuals in this notice. Remains in the 
teaching collection have been collected through various means and by 
many individuals over time, including from archaeological sites, 
coroners, and donations from the public.
    Some of the items in the teaching collection were collected by 
Daris Swindler, Physical Anthropologist. Swindler came to teach at the 
University of Washington in the 1960s, and brought with him human 
remains from various sources and other states, including remains 
representing seven Native American individuals from South Carolina 
(addressed in a separate Notice of Inventory Completion), as well as 
forensic, non-Native American remains from Michigan. The 13 individuals 
described in this notice do not exhibit severe cranial modification, a 
common historic practice in western Washington. Swindler continued to 
collect human remains throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, while at 
the University of Washington. As Swindler's work primarily was 
conducted in South Carolina and Washington State, these remains are 
believed possibly to have been unearthed in either South Carolina or 
Washington State. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the Secretary of the Interior may make a 
recommendation for a transfer of control of culturally unidentifiable 
human remains. In September 2012, the University of Washington, 
Department of Anthropology, requested that the Secretary, through the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee, 
recommend the proposed transfer of control of the culturally 
unidentifiable Native American human remains in this notice to the 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Confederated Tribes 
of the Chehalis Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 
(previously listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla 
Reservation, Oregon); Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation; 
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); Suquamish Indian 
Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation; Tulalip Tribes of Washington 
(previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington); Upper Skagit Indian Tribe; and the Wanapum Band of Priest 
Rapids, a non-Federally recognized Indian group (which together, 
comprise the Washington State Inter-Tribal Consortium). The Review 
Committee, acting pursuant to its responsibility under 25 U.S.C. 
3006(c)(5), considered the request at its November 2012 meeting and 
recommended to the Secretary that the proposed transfer of control 
proceed. A March 1, 2013 letter on behalf of the Secretary of Interior 
from the Designated Federal Official transmitted the Secretary's 
independent review and concurrence with the Review Committee that:
     The University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, 
consulted with every appropriate Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization,
     None of The Consulted and Notified Tribes objected to the 
proposed transfer of control, and
     The University of Washington, Department of Anthropology, 
may proceed with the agreed-upon transfer of control of the culturally 
unidentifiable human remains to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of 
the Yakama Nation; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation; 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; Confederated Tribes of 
the Umatilla Indian Reservation (previously listed as the Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon); Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation; 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);

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Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation; Tulalip Tribes 
of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington); Upper Skagit Indian Tribe; and the Wanapum 
Band of Priest Rapids, a non-Federally recognized Indian group (which 
together comprise and hereafter are referred to as the Washington State 
Inter-Tribal Consortium).

Transfer of control is contingent on the publication of a Notice of 
Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills that 
requirement.

Determinations Made by the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology


    Officials of the University of Washington, Department of 
Anthropology, have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American, based on cranial morphology and 
dental traits.
     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.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 13 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the disposition of the human 
remains may be to the Washington State Inter-Tribal Consortium.
    The Washington State Inter-Tribal Consortium has claimed the human 
remains jointly. The Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; The 
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior 
Chippewa Indians, Michigan Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation; Saginaw Chippewa Indian 
Tribe of Michigan; Skokomish Indian Tribe (previously listed as the 
Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington); and 
the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Snoqualmie Tribe, 
Washington) have stated their support for disposition to the claimant 
tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control 
of these human remains should submit a written request with information 
in support of the request to Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of 
Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98115, telephone (206) 685-3849, 
before May 15, 2013. After that date, if no additional requestors have 
come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the 
Washington State Inter-Tribal Consortium may proceed.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying The Consulted and 
Notified Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 18, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-08782 Filed 4-12-13; 8:45 am]
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