FR Doc 04-22831
[Federal Register: October 12, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 196)]
[Notices]               
[Page 60642-60643]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: American Museum of Natural 
History, New York, NY

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, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. The human remains 
were removed from an unknown site along the Columbia River in either 
Oregon or Washington.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American 
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Hoh 
Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington; Jamestown 
S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the 
Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot 
Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually 
Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; Port 
Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Quileute Tribe 
of the Quileute Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault 
Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; Shoalwater 
Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; 
Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; 
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, 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.
    Prior to 1872, human remains representing a minimum of 16 
individuals were removed by unknown persons from an unknown site along 
the Columbia River in either Oregon or Washington. The human remains 
were donated to the American Museum of Natural History by Dr. Joseph 
Simms in 1872. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
the presence of cranial deformation and museum documentation that 
refers to the human remains as ``Chinook.'' The crania exhibit 
intentional shaping of the type practiced by Chinookan groups that 
occupied the area around the Columbia River. There is no direct 
evidence of the age of the human remains. The Columbia River Chinook 
are currently represented by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the 
Yakama Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde 
Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, 
Washington; and Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington.
    Officials of the American Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of 16 individuals of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the American Museum of Natural History 
also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the Confederated Tribes 
and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the 
Grande Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault 
Reservation, Washington; and Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay 
Indian Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Nell 
Murphy, Director of Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural 
History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, 
telephone (212) 769-5837, before November 12, 2004. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde Community 
of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington; and 
Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, 
Washington may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The museum is responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes and 
Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the 
Chehalis Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, 
Washington; Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Lower Elwha Tribal 
Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of 
the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah 
Indian Reservation, Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the 
Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; 
Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, 
Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; 
Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe 
of the Quinault Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, 
Washington; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island 
Reservation, 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

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Washington that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 23, 2004.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 04-22831 Filed 10-8-04; 8:45 am]

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