FR Doc 2010-20940[Federal Register: August 24, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 163)]
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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 the vicinity of Salem, Marion 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 the Burke 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    At an unknown date prior to 1930, human remains representing a 
minimum of one individual were removed from the vicinity of Salem, in 
Marion County, OR. These human remains were acquired by the Burke 
Museum through an exchange in 1930 (Burke Museum Accn. 2391). 
No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The human remains are determined to be consistent with Native 
American morphology, as evidenced through cranial deformation and 
presence of wormian bones. Information available in the original 
accession files helped affirm the determination.
    Historical documentation indicates that the Willamette Valley area 
surrounding Salem, OR, was occupied by the Kalapuyan speaking people 
(Ruby and Brown 1986, Swanton 1952, and Zenk 1990). The Northern 
subdivision, the Yamhill, and the Central subdivision, the Sanitiam, 
were the primary aboriginal occupants in the vicinity of Salem. By the 
terms of the Kalapuya Treaty of 1855, the Kalapuyan people were moved 
to the Grand Ronde Reservation (Ruby and Brown 1986). Descendents of 
the Kalapuyan speaking people are now represented by the Confederated 
Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.
    The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon 
include at least 26 tribes and bands whose ancestral homelands span 
across western Oregon, southwestern Washington, and northern 
California. The Grand Ronde tribes and bands include the Rogue River, 
Umpqua, Chasta, Kalapuya, Molala, Clackamas, Salmon River, Tillamook, 
and Nestucca, as well as many other groups. At the time of contact, the 
various tribal groups spoke approximately 30 dialects of the 
Athabascan, Chinookan, Kalapuyan, Takelman, Molalan, Sahaptin, 
Salishan, and Shastan language families. In 1855, the U.S. Government 
forcibly relocated the Grand Ronde peoples to the Grand Ronde 
Reservation at the headwaters of the South Yamhill River in Yamhill and 
Polk Counties, OR.
    Officials of the Burke Museum 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 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 Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.
    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, telephone (206) 685-3849, before September 23, 2010. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of the 
Grand Ronde Community of Oregon may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Confederated 
Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: August 18, 2010.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-20940 Filed 8-23-10; 8:45 am]
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