[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 29, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73666-73667]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30615]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, 
Puyallup, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum has completed an 
inventory of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation 
between the remains and any present-day Indian tribe. Representatives 
of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated 
with the human remains may contact the Paul H. Karshner Memorial 
Museum, Puyallup, WA. Disposition of the human remains to the Indian 
tribes stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Paul H. 
Karshner Memorial Museum at the address below by December 29, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Brian Fox, Director of Instructional Leadership, Puyallup 
School District, Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, 302 2nd Street SE., 
Puyallup, WA, 98372, telephone (253) 841-8646.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum (Karshner Museum), 
Puyallup, WA. The human remains are reasonably believed to have been 
removed from either Washington State, Southeast Alaska, or Western 
Oregon.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Karshner 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Coeur D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur D'Alene Reservation, Idaho; 
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 Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of 
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon; Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Cow Creek 
Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Hoh 
Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington; Jamestown 
S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Kalispel Indian Community of the 
Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Klamath Tribes, Oregon; 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; Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho; 
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; Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of 
Washington; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington; Spokane Tribe of 
the Spokane Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the 
Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; Stillaguamish Tribe of 
Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, 
Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; 
Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington; and the Upper 
Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington (hereinafter referred to as ``The 
Tribes''). The Karshner Museum also consulted with the following non-
Federally recognized Indian groups: The Aleut Corporation; Chinook 
Tribe; Duwamish Tribe; Kikiallus Nation; Marietta Band of Nooksack 
Indians; Sealaska Corporation; Snohomish Tribe; Snoqualmoo Tribe; 
Steilacoom Indian Tribe and the Wanapum Band (hereinafter referred to 
as ``The Indian Groups'').

History and Description of the Remains

    Prior to 1924, human remains representing a minimum of three 
individuals were removed from an unknown location in either Washington 
State, Southeast Alaska, or Western Oregon. The remains were collected 
by the Karshner Museum's founder, Dr. Warner Karshner, and were 
apparently used as medical specimens. Dr. Karshner transferred the 
remains at an unknown date to his prot[eacute]g[eacute]e Dr. Thomas H. 
Clark. Dr. Clark donated the remains to the Karshner Museum in 1982 
(accession 1982.10; catalog number 1982.10.17-111). No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The remains were identified at the Karshner Museum in December 
2007. There is no provenience information for the remains; however, 
research by the Karshner Museum has resulted in a reasonable 
determination that the remains were collected from either Washington 
State; Southeast Alaska; or

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Western Oregon. Dr. Karshner lived primarily in Puyallup, WA from 1905-
1951 but was known to travel widely and collect items during his trips. 
Although he traveled throughout the United States and internationally, 
museum records indicate he only removed NAGPRA items from Washington 
State, Southeast Alaska, and Western Oregon.
    The Karshner Museum received a formal joint claim for these remains 
from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; and Samish 
Indian Tribe, Washington.

Determinations Made by the Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, Puyallup, 
WA

    Officials of the Karshner Museum have determined that:
     Based on morphological characteristics identified during 
review by a physical anthropologist the human remains are Native 
American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; and the Samish 
Indian Tribe, Washington.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of three individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains is to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of Oregon; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, 
Washington; and the Samish Indian Tribe, Washington.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact Brian Fox, Director of Instructional Leadership, Paul H. 
Karshner Memorial Museum, Puyallup, WA, telephone (253) 841-8646, 
before December 29, 2011. Disposition of the human remains Confederated 
Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Puyallup Tribe of the 
Puyallup Reservation, Washington; and Samish Indian Tribe, Washington 
may proceed after that date if no additional requestors come forward.
    The Karshner Museum is responsible for notifying The Tribes and the 
Indian Groups that this notice has been published.

    Dated: November 22, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-30615 Filed 11-28-11; 8:45 am]
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