FR Doc 03-5505
[Federal Register: March 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 45)]
[Notices]               
[Page 11136-11137]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Horner Collection, Oregon State 
University, Corvallis, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5, of 
the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
the Horner Collection, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. These 
human remains were removed from Crescent City, Del Norte County, CA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25

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U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5 (d)(3). 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. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this 
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Horner 
Collection professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon; Elk Valley 
Rancheria, California; and Smith River Rancheria, California.
    In 1892, human remains representing one individual were removed 
from an unknown site in Crescent City, CA. The human remains consist of 
a skull, on which is written ``1892 Crescent City Cal Indian Skull.'' 
The skull was included as part of the Dr. J.L. Hill collection, which 
was acquired from Dr. Hill's daughter in 1925. It is unknown how Dr. 
Hill acquired these human remains and no provenance documentation is 
available other than the writing on the skull. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Smith River Rancheria, California believes the skull to be that of 
a Tolowa person. The territory of the Tolowa people extended from 
Wilson Creek in southern Del Norte County, CA, northward along the 
coast to the Sixes River, OR, and eastward to the crest of the Coast 
Range. The Crescent City area was heavily occupied by Tolowa people 
well into historical times. The Smith River Rancheria, California 
includes approximately 900 enrolled Tolowa members.
    Officials of the Horner Collection have determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2 (9-10), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Horner Collection also have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these 
Native American human remains and the Smith River Rancheria, 
California.
    The Smith River Rancheria, California submitted a request for 
repatriation of these human remains. The Confederated Tribes of the 
Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon; and Elk Valley Rancheria, California have 
indicated either verbally or in writing that they agree that the Smith 
River Rancheria, California is the appropriate claimant for these human 
remains.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact 
Orcilia Forbes, Vice President for University Advancement, Oregon State 
University, 2 Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-
9260, before April 7, 2003. Repatriation of these human remains to the 
Smith River Rancheria, California may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Horner Collection is responsible for notifying the Confederated 
Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of 
Siletz Reservation, Oregon; Elk Valley Rancheria, California; and Smith 
River Rancheria, California that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 14, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 03-5505 Filed 3-6-03; 8:45 am]

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