[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59963-59964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23822]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13770; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Central 
Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, University 
of Washington (Burke Museum), and Central Washington University have 
completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, and have determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects 
and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal 
descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary 
objects should submit a written request to the Burke Museum or Central 
Washington University. If no additional requestors come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to the Burke Museum or Central Washington 
University at the address in this notice by October 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 
353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, email 
plape@uw.edu, and Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon, Department of Anthropology, 
Central Washington University, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 
98926-7544, telephone (509) 963-2671, email deleonl@cwu.edu.

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 under the control of the Burke Museum and 
Central Washington University. The human remains were removed from 
Island 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by the Burke Museum and Central Washington University 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Lummi 
Tribe of the Lummi Reservation; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation; Samish Indian Nation (previously listed as the Samish 
Indian Tribe, Washington); Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe; Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as the Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Washington); Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of 
Washington; Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the 
Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington); and the Upper 
Skagit Indian Tribe (hereafter referred to as ``The Consulted 
Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1926, human remains representing, at minimum, four individuals 
were removed from San de Fuca in Island County, WA. The human remains 
were

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removed by M.E. Hingston and donated to the Burke Museum in 1926 (Burke 
Accn. 2134). The remains were found under six inches of clam 
shells from a known Indian burial site. In 1974, the Burke Museum staff 
legally transferred elements associated with the individuals to Central 
Washington University (CWU AS and BR). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1937, human remains representing, at minimum, five individuals 
were removed from Camano Island in Island County, WA. The human remains 
were removed during a museum expedition led by Cane Schwarder and 
accessioned by the Burke Museum in 1937 (Burke Accn. 2958). In 
1974, the Burke Museum staff legally transferred elements associated 
with the individuals to Central Washington University (CWU BS, BT, and 
DJ). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    In 1940, human remains representing, at minimum, five individuals 
were removed from Rocky Point in Island County, WA. The human remains 
were removed from a known Native cemetery after reports of vandalism. 
The cultural items were removed by a museum expedition led by Wayne 
Suttles and transferred to the Burke Museum in 1940 (Burke Accn. 
3164). In 1974, the Burke Museum staff legally transferred 
elements and cultural items associated with the individuals to Central 
Washington University (CWU AT). No known individuals were identified. 
The 15 associated funerary objects are one shaker bell, one bowl, one 
porcelain doll, one porcelain figurine, two porcelain cups, one 
ointment jar, one tin can, one metal ring, one metal button, two 
fragmentary sets of shoes, one lot of nails and burial box pieces, and 
two unmodified shells.
    The sites described in this notice are located either in the Penn 
Cove area of Whidbey Island or on the northwestern shore of Camano 
Island. The human remains have been determined to be Native American 
based on a variety of sources, including archeological and biological 
evidence. The human remains were determined to be consistent with 
Native American morphology as evidenced either through cranial 
deformation, bossing of the cranium, presence of wormian bones, or 
shovel shaped incisors.
    Based on archaeological evidence, the human remains are Native 
American. Linguistically, Native American speakers of the northern 
dialect of the Lushootseed language claim cultural heritage to the 
Northern Puget Sound area. Culturally Native Americans from the 
Northern Puget Sound area are members of Southern Coast Salish tribes. 
Historical and anthropological sources (Deur 2009, Mooney 1896, Roberts 
1975, Ruby and Brown 1986, Spier 1936, and Swanton 1952) indicate that 
the Kikiallus, Swinomish, Lower Skagit and Stillaguamish peoples 
occupied and had village sites in the Penn Cove area and on the 
northwestern shore of Camano Island. Although the Indian Claims 
Commission determined that the sites near Penn Cove on Whidbey Island 
fell within the aboriginal territory of the Lower Skagit, shortly after 
1855, anthropologists and historians described this area as a mixed 
community. Penn Cove was one of the communities where the Stillaguamish 
and other tribes were told to move after being forced to leave their 
villages on the mainland (Deur 2009, and Grady 2012).
    Today, descendants of Kikiallus are members of the Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed as the Stillaguamish 
Tribe of Washington); Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of 
Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as the 
Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington). Today, the 
Lower Skagit are primarily members of the Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation of Washington and the Tulalip Tribes of 
Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington).

Determinations made by the Burke Museum and Central Washington 
University

    Officials of the Burke Museum and Central Washington 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 15 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 remains and the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of 
Washington (previously listed as the Stillaguamish Tribe of 
Washington); Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation of 
Washington; and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington (previously listed as 
the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of 
Washington, Box 353010, Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, 
email plape@uw.edu, or Lourdes Henebry-DeLeon, Department of 
Anthropology, Central Washington University, 400 East University Way, 
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544, telephone (509) 963-2671, email 
deleonl@cwu.edu, by October 30, 2013. After that date, if no additional 
requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains 
to the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington (previously listed 
as the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington); Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation of Washington; and the Tulalip Tribes of 
Washington (previously listed as the Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington) may proceed.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying The Consulted Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 14, 2013.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-23822 Filed 9-27-13; 8:45 am]
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