[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59964-59965]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23823]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13769; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Central 
Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University 
of Washington (Burke Museum), and Central Washington University have 
completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and have 
determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. 
Lineal descendants or representatives of any

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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 or Central 
Washington University. If no additional requestors come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, 
Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice 
may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or 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 Burke 
Museum or Central Washington University at the address in this notice 
by October 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 
353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, email 
plape@uw.edu, and Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon, Department of Anthropology, 
Central Washington University, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 
98926-7544, telephone (509) 963-2671, email deleonl@cwu.edu.

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 Burke Museum and Central Washington University. The 
human remains were removed from Snohomish and Island Counties, 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Burke 
Museum and Central Washington University professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation; Samish Indian Nation (previously listed as the Samish 
Indian Tribe, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe; Snoqualmie 
Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington); 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as the 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington); 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 
Consulted Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1933, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals 
were removed from Holmes Harbor on southern Whidbey Island in Island 
County, WA. The human remains were removed by A.O. Soreng and 
subsequently donated to the Burke Museum in 1941 (Burke Accn. 
3183). In 1974, the Burke Museum staff legally transferred 
elements associated with the individuals to Central Washington 
University (CWU N). No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1939, human remains representing, at minimum, two individuals 
were removed from Warm Beach in the Port Susan area in Snohomish 
County, WA. The human remains were found by a road crew and collected 
by Hillman Investment Company. The human remains were donated to the 
Burke Museum in 1939 (Burke Accn. 3101). In 1974, the Burke 
Museum staff legally transferred elements associated with the 
individuals to Central Washington University (CWU BM). No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Based on cranial morphology, the human remains are Native American. 
Linguistically, Native American speakers of the northern dialect of the 
Lushootseed language claim cultural heritage to the Port Susan area in 
Snohomish County and southern Whidbey Island. Historical and 
anthropological sources (Hollenbeck 1987, Mooney 1896, Ruby and Brown 
1986, Spier 1936, and Swanton 1952) indicate that the Snohomish and 
Stillaguamish peoples occupied southern Whidbey Island and the Port 
Susan area. The Indian Claims Commission determined that the aboriginal 
territory of the Snohomish people includes parts of both locations, 
albeit not the entirety of both sites. Today, descendants of the 
Snohomish are represented by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Holmes 
Harbor was one of the areas where the Stillaguamish and other tribes 
were told to move after being forced to leave their villages on the 
mainland (Deur 2009, Grady 2012).

Determinations Made by the Burke Museum and Central Washington 
University

    Officials of the Burke Museum and Central Washington University 
have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of five individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of 
Washington (previously listed as Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington) and 
the Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip 
Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or 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 
98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, email plape@uw.edu, or Lourdes 
Henebry-DeLeon, Department of Anthropology, Central Washington 
University, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544, 
telephone (509) 963-2671, email deleonl@cwu.edu, by October 30, 2013. 
After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains to the Stillaguamish Tribe of 
Indians of Washington (previously listed as Stillaguamish Tribe of 
Washington) and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as 
the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington) may proceed.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying The Consulted Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 14, 2013.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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