[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64006-64007]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25106]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13947; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, 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), has completed an inventory of human 
remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, and has 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 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. 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 at the address in this notice by November 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 
353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, email 
plape@uw.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. The human remains were removed from 
Island 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. 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 professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, 
Washington; Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe; Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians 
of Washington (previously listed as 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 
(all of the

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above hereafter referred to as ``The Consulted Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1963, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from Useless Bay in Island County, WA. The remains were 
removed by Bob Atwell and Emil Gabeline and subsequently donated to the 
Burke Museum (Burke Accn. 1963-50). During initial 
consultations, the remains were believed to have been removed from 
Careless Bay in Island County, WA. The remains were included in a 
Notice of Inventory Completion published in the Federal Register (78 FR 
45958-45959, July 30, 2013). After further research it has been 
determined that the remains were collected from Useless Bay on southern 
Whidbey Island. A Correction Notice of Inventory Completion will be 
forthcoming and will remove the relevant paragraph. No known 
individuals were identified. No funerary objects are present.
    Native American speakers of the Northern dialect of the Lushootseed 
language claim cultural heritage to southern Whidbey Island. Historical 
and anthropological sources (Mooney 1896, Ruby and Brown 1986, Spier 
1936, and Swanton 1952) indicate that the Snohomish occupied southern 
Whidbey Island. The Sdugwadskabsh band of Snohomish people lived at 
Newell at Useless Bay (Swanton 1952). The Indian Claims Commission 
determined that Useless Bay was within the aboriginal territory of the 
Snohomish people. Holmes Harbor was one of the areas the Stillaguamish 
and other tribes were told to move to after being forced to leave their 
villages on the mainland (Deur 2009, Grady 2012). Holmes Harbor is in 
close proximity to Useless Bay. Today, descendants of Snohomish are 
represented by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington.

Determinations Made by the Burke Museum

    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that:
     Based on archaeological evidence, the human remains have 
been determined to be Native American.
     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(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 , by November 25, 
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 28, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-25106 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
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