[Federal Register: November 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 214)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the American
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
    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 the American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Lower
Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington;
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe
of Washington; Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble
Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; Stillaguamish
Tribe of Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation,
Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington; and
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington.
    In 1899, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were collected by Harlan I. Smith from ``Lummi,'' in the vicinity of
Marietta, Whatcom County, WA, while Mr. Smith was a member of the Jesup
North Pacific Expedition, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural
History. No known individual was identified. The four associated
funerary objects are pieces of shell.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on the
nature of the associated funerary objects and the burial location of
``Lummi.'' Museum records suggest that this burial dates to the
postcontact period. The geographic location is consistent with the
traditional territory of the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation,
Washington.
    In 1898, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were collected from the vicinity of Point Roberts, Whatcom County, WA,
by Harlan I. Smith, while a member of the Jesup North Pacific
Expedition. The human remains came from a road cut through a shell heap
between Point Roberts and ``Alexander's house.'' No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on
burial location in a shell heap. Museum records suggest that this
burial dates to the postcontact period. The geographic location of the
burial is consistent with the traditional territory of the Lummi Tribe
of the Lummi Reservation, Washington.
    In 1898, human remains representing a minimum of nine individuals
were collected from the vicinity of Point Roberts, Whatcom County, WA,
by Harlan I. Smith, while a member of the Jesup North Pacific
Expedition. The human remains came from a shell heap. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.These individuals have been identified as Native American based
on burial location. Traces of wood found in the grave suggest that the
burial was relatively recent. The geographic location of the burials
are consistent with the traditional territory of the Lummi Tribe of the
Lummi Reservation, Washington.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of 11 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the American Museum of Natural History also have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the four 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 American Museum of Natural History
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Jamestown S'Klallam
Tribe of Washington; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha
Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation,
Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; Port Gamble Indian
Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian
Tribe, Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; Swinomish Indians
of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip
Reservation, Washington; and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Martha Graham, Director of Cultural Resources,
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846, before December 5,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation,

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Washington may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: August 28, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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