[Federal Register: June 11, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 112)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains,
Associated Funerary Objects, and an Unassociated Funerary Object from
Hartstine Island, Mason County, WA 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,
associated funerary objects, and an unassociated funerary object from
Hartstine Island, Mason County, WA, in the possession of the Burke
Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Burke Museum
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Squaxin
Island Tribe.
    In 1923, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from graves on Hartstine Island, Mason County, WA by Mr. A.G. Colley
and donated to the Burke Museum. No known individuals were identified.
The six associated funerary objects include five wood fragments and one
copper-stained stone.
    Also in 1923, cultural items consisting of a whalebone club and
soil from a grave on Hartstine were removed by Mr. A.G. Colley and
donated to the Burke Museum. No human remains from this grave are
present.

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    Hartstine Island has been identified as having been occupied by the
Squaxin Island Tribe from pre-contact times into the historic period
based on historical documents, ethnographic and anthropological
evidence, and continuity of material culture. Oral history presented by
representatives of the Squaxin Island Tribe further supports this
conclusion.
    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 two individuals
of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Burke Museum have also
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the six 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. Officials of the Burke Museum have further
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), these two cultural
items 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of an Native
American individual. 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, associated funerary
objects, and unassociated funerary objects and the Squaxin Island
Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Squaxin Island Tribe.
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 July 11, 1997. Repatriation
of the human remains, associated funerary objects, and unassociated
funerary objects to the Squaxin Island Tribe 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: June 2, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-15225 Filed; 6-10-97 8:45 am]
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