FR Doc 2010-6577[Federal Register: March 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 57)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Pierce College District,
Lakewood, WA, and Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum,
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
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 control of the
Pierce College District, Lakewood, WA, and in the physical custody of
the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum),
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were most
likely removed from Gig Harbor, Pierce 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 Pierce
College professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Burke Museum and the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation,
During 1973, human remains representing a minimum of two
individuals were most likely removed from archeological site 45-PI-13
(Minter II), Gig Harbor, in Pierce County, WA, by Dale McGinnis. No
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
The human remains are from an unspecified excavation and were found
in a box labeled "Faunal Midden Remains." Initially, they were
determined to be culturally unidentifiable, based on lack of
provenience, but additional information was put forward by the Puyallup
Tribe and other sources, the preponderance of the evidence now supports
a cultural affiliation for the human remains with the Puyallup Tribe.
One of the additional sources was Mike Avey, a former Anthropology
Department Chair at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. In 2006, he stated
that the human remains might be from the Minter Bay excavation by Dale
McGinnis. There is a dual numbering system present on the remains. It
is believed that these human remains initially were numbered while on
loan to the University of Oregon, and then were numbered by Pierce
College upon their return, as this dual numbering system does not match
any of the other archeological collections held by Pierce College.
Therefore, the Pierce College District reasonably believes the human
remains were removed from the Minter site. The home of the Minter
people is an area within the historically and ethnographically
documented territory of the Puyallup Tribe. This area has long been
occupied by the Shotlemamish, a Southern Lushootseed speaking group,
whose descendants are members of the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup
Officials of the Pierce College District have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above
represent the physical remains of two individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the Pierce College District 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 Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Chris
MacKersie, District Director of Safety & Security and Assistant
Director of Facilities, Pierce College District, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW,
Lakewood, WA 98498, telephone (253) 912-3655, before April 26, 2010.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup
Reservation, Washington may proceed after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Pierce College District is responsible for notifying the Puyallup
Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington that this notice has been
Dated: March 3, 2010
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-6577 Filed 3-24-10; 8:45 am]
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