[Federal Register: March 12, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 48)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Washington State in the Possession
of the Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects from Washington State in the possession of
Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Burke
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    In 1959, human remains representing four individuals were removed
from the property of Mr. M.V. Petersen during an excavation of Mr.
Petersen's basement by Mr. James C. Garner and Mr. Butler. No known
individuals were identified. The seventeen associated funerary objects
include shell fragments, shells, one mammal bone, two fire-cracked
rocks, an unmodified cobble, a basal notched point, an adze blade, and
two antler adze handles.
    Mr. Petersen's property is located in the historically and
ethnographically documented traditional territory of the Puyallup Tribe
of Indians.
    In 1915, human remains representing one individual were recovered
near Tacoma, WA, by Mr. Edward F. Drake. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Tacoma is located within historically and ethnographically
documented traditional territory of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    In 1948, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Minter VI Site, Minter Bay, WA, by Mr. John Winterhouse, Jr.,
during a survey of archeological sites in Southern Puget Sound, WA. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Minter Bay is located within the historically and ethnographically
documented traditional territory of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Burke
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human
remains listed above represent the physical remains of six individuals
of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Burke Museum have also
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the seventeen
objects listed above are 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. Lastly, officials of the Burke Museum
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Puyallup Tribe of
Indians. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Dr. James Nason, Chair of the
Repatriation Committee, Burke Museum, Box 353010, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195; telephone: (206) 543-9680, before April
11, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary
objects to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.

Dated: March 7, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program
[FR Doc. 97-6181 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]
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