FR Doc E7-4732
[Federal Register: March 15, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 50)]
[Notices]               
[Page 12191-12192]
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: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


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 
Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed 
from Okanogan County, WA.
    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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Burke Museum 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington.
    In 1908, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Winthrop in Okanogan County, WA, by CPT Frank Lord. 
In 1910, the human remains were received from Captain Lord and 
accessioned by the Burke Museum (Burke Accn. No. 242). No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains had previously been identified non- Native 
American. However, after further review, the preponderance of the 
evidence identifies the human remains as Native American. The original 
donor identified the human remains as ``Indian''. The majority of the 
osteological evidence identified by physical anthropologists determined 
that the human remains are Native American.
    According to early and late ethnographic documentation the Methow 
Tribe are the aboriginal occupants of the Winthrop area (Miller 1998; 
Mooney 1896; Ray 1936; Spier 1936). The Colville Reservation was 
established by Executive Order in 1872 for Methow Tribe and other 
tribes. The Moses Columbia Reservation was later established in 1879 
and also included members of the Methow Tribe. In 1886, the Moses 
Columbia Reservation was disbanded and the residents were moved to the 
Colville Reservation. Descendants of the Methow Tribe are members of 
the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington.
    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Burke Museum 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 of the Colville Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, 
Seattle, WA 98195-3010, telephone (206) 685-2282, before April 16, 
2007. Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of 
the Colville Reservation, Washington may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Confederated 
Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington that this notice has 
been published.


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    Dated: January 26, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-4732 Filed 3-14-07; 8:45 am]

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