[Federal Register: August 21, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 162)]
[Notices]
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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 Harney County, OR in the Control
of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Princeton, OR

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Harney County, OR in the control of Malheur
National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Princeton,
OR.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Fish and
Wildlife professional staff and Oregon State Museum of Anthropology
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Burns
Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony.
    During the 1930s, human remains representing 15 individuals were
recovered by Refuge Superintendent Stanley Jewett from the Sod House
area following Civilian Conservation Corps construction activities. No
known individuals were identified. The three associated funerary
objects consist of two shell fragments and an obsidian flake.
    In 1970, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Blitzen Marsh site (35-HA-9) during legally authorized field
collections conducted by the University of Oregon. No known individual
was identified. The six associated funerary objects are chunks of
burned clay daub.
    In 1971, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Dike site (35-HA-49) during a legally authorized field school
conducted by Portland State University. No known individual was
identified. The 201 associated funerary objects include a scraper,
flakes, shell, and non-human bone.
    In 1973, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the C.D. Littlefield Memorial site (MNWR-90) during legally
authorized field collections conducted by Portland State University
personnel. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects were present.
    In 1974, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the

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Boundary Surface site (35-HA-1020 or MNWR-77) during a legally
authorized field school conducted by Portland State University
personnel. In 1995, this collection was transferred and accessioned by
the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects were present.
    Based on apparent age, locations, archeological context, and
osteological evidence, these human remains have been determined to be
Native American. Based on archeological evidence, these burial have
been determined to date to within the last 2,000 years. Based on oral
history, ethnographic and historic accounts, age and locations of the
burials, these remains have been affiliated with the Burns Paiute Tribe
of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony. Consultation with representatives of
the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony also indicates
that the area from which these burials were recovered is within the
historic territory of the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian
Colony.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of 17 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 210 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), 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
Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Burns Paiute Tribe of
the Burns Paiute Indian Colony. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Forrest Cameron,
Project Leader, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, H.C. 72 Box 245,
Princeton, OR 97721; telephone: (541) 493-2612, fax (541) 493-2405,
before September 21, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns
Paiute Indian Colony may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: August 11, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-22540 Filed 8-20-98; 8:45 am]
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