[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 8 (Friday, January 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2432-2433]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00417]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11893; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: The Museum of Anthropology at 
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Museum of Anthropology has completed an inventory of human 
remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribe, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects 
and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects may contact the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University. Repatriation of the human remains associated funerary items 
to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University at the address below by February 11, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University, Pullman, WA 99164-4910, telephone (509) 335-4314.

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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Museum of 
Anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Stevens 
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 associate funerary objects. 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 Museum 
of Anthropology at Washington State University professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Colville Reservation.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1980, human remains representing, at minimum, six individuals 
were removed by a county road crew from the Addy Sand Pit in Stevens 
County, WA. The remains include the nearly complete skeletal remains of 
an adult male, the nearly complete skeleton of an adult of unknown sex, 
the partial post cranial remains of an adult of unknown sex, the 
complete cranial and partial post cranial remains of a juvenile of 
unknown sex, and the partial cranial and post cranial remains of two 
juveniles of unknown sex. The remains were transferred to 
archaeologists from the University of Idaho, who recorded the location 
as archaeological site 45ST296. In 2000, the remains were transferred 
to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University. No known 
individuals were identified. The three associated funerary objects 
include one lot of shell and animal bone fragments, one stone flake, 
and one dentalia shell bead.
    In 1981, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals 
were removed from a disturbed talus slope area near Addy, WA, by 
unknown persons. The location has been described as archaeological site 
45ST297. The remains were transferred to the Stevens County Coroner in 
June of 1981. The coroner transferred the remains to the University of 
Idaho the following month. In 2000, the remains were transferred to the 
Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    In 1983, human remains representing, at minimum, five individuals 
were removed by a private homeowner who was building a basement in the 
community of Kettle Falls in Stevens County, WA. The remains were 
transferred to archaeologists from the University of Idaho who recorded 
the location as archaeological site 45ST312. In 2000, the remains were 
transferred to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University. No known individuals were identified. The 32 associated 
funerary objects are 3 battered cobbles, 13 tabular stone knives, 1 
glass bottleneck fragment, 1 glass button, 1 bone fishing leister 
point, 10 stone flakes, and 3 lots of charcoal fragments.
    These sites are within the traditional territory of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Historical, 
ethnographic, linguistic, and archaeological information links these 
sites to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Determinations Made by the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University

    Officials of the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 14 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 35 objects described 
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near 
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the 
death rite or ceremony.
     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

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remains and associated funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes of 
the Colville Reservation.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology at 
Washington State University Pullman, WA 99164-4910, telephone (509) 
335-4314, before February 11, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the 
Colville Reservation may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 7, 2012.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-00417 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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