[Federal Register: July 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 141)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma,
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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of
the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, WA. This notice is
published as part of the National Park Service's administrative
responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The determinations
within this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum,
institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Washington
State Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation,
Washington.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing four individuals
came into the collection of the Washington State Historical Society
through unknown circumstances. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    No museum documentation exists to identify the origin of these
human remains, and all identified possible donors of these human
remains are now deceased. Based on skeletal morphology, these
individuals have been identified as Native American.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Washington State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of four individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Washington State Historical Society have further
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is no relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and any Indian tribe. Pursuant to the
NAGPRA Review Committee's recommendations at the April 2-4, 2000
meeting in Juneau, AK, officials of the Washington

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State Historical Society are proceeding with the repatriation of these
Native American human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup
Reservation, Washington. This notice has been sent to officials of the
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains should contact Lynette Miller,
Curator, Washington State Historical Society, 315 North Stadium Way,
Tacoma, WA 98403, telephone (253) 798-5925, before August 21, 2000.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup
Reservation, Washington may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 19, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-18467 Filed 7-20-00; 8:45 am]
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