FR Doc 2010-19002[Federal Register: August 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 148)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service, Siuslaw National Forest, Waldport, OR
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 possession of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Siuslaw National
Forest, Waldport, OR. The human remains were removed from the Cape
Perpetua Visitor Center, Lincoln County, OR.
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 Siuslaw
National Forest professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
Indians of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon; and the
Coquille Tribe of Oregon.
At an unknown date prior to 1988, human remains representing a
minimum of one individual were removed near Cape Perpetua, near
Yachats, Lincoln County, OR, and given to the Cape Perpetua Visitor
Center. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
The Visitor Center held the human remains in secure storage until
transferring to the Forest Archaeologist. No information accompanied
the human remains regarding the specific location and conditions of
discovery other than the remains were retrieved from a crevice in the
rocky shoreline between Cape Perpetua and Yachats.
Consultation evidence and the ethnographic record show that this
area was part of the ancestral territory of the Alsea Indians. At
Contact, the territory of the Alsea extended along the Oregon coast and
rivers from approximately 8 miles south of Yachats to approximately 10
miles north of Waldport. In 1855, this land base and the Alsea people
were included within the Coast Indian Reservation. This reservation was
later referred to as the Siletz Indian Reservation. For approximately
10 years during the reservation era, other tribes, including the Coos,
Lower Umpqua, Coquille, and some Siuslaw people whose traditional
territories lay to the south of the Alsea, were forcibly held at the
Alsea Sub-agency of the Coast Indian Reservation, which was located at
present-day Yachats. Of these tribal peoples, only the Alsea are known
to have primarily practiced above ground interment at locations similar
to that identified for this individual. Descendants of the Alsea are
members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.
Officials of the Siuslaw National Forest have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the Siuslaw National Forest 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
human remains and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Phyllis
Steeves, Heritage Program Manager, Siuslaw National Forest, 1130
Forestry Lane/PO Box 400, Waldport, OR 97394, telephone (541) 563-8425,
before September 2, 2010. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon may proceed after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
The Siuslaw National Forest is responsible for notifying the
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon;
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon; and the Coquille Tribe
of Oregon, that this notice has been published.
Dated: July 26, 2010
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-19002 Filed 8-2-10; 8:45 am]
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