[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 248 (Thursday, December 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 78379]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30677]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14502; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: 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 at Washington State University has 
completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has 
determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains 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 should submit a 
written request to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains 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 should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to the 
Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University at the address in 
this notice by January 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University, P.O. Box 644910, Pullman, WA 99164, telephone (509) 335-
4314.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby 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 under 
the control of the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University, Pullman, WA. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from Grant 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 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 1961, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from site 45GR120 in Grant County, WA. The burials were 
excavated from a cairn marked burial in the Lower Grand Coulee/Sun 
Lakes region. The work was done in conjunction with an archeological 
survey of the region directed by Richard Daugherty of Washington State 
University. Human remains and associated funerary items that were 
removed from adjacent sites 45GR111 and 45GR120 during the same 
archeological survey were repatriated in 2011 after a Notice of 
Inventory Completion was published in the Federal Register on May 13, 
2011. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The manner of internment and the character of the associated 
funerary objects are distinctive for Native American burials of the 
late prehistoric through historic period on the Columbia Plateau. The 
site is within the judicially established aboriginal territory of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Tribal oral tradition 
and anthropological and historical research indicate the site lies 
within an area occupied by the Moses Columbia people, who are legally 
represented by 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 one individual of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 associated funerary objects and the 
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

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 should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Mary 
Collins, Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University, PO Box 
644910, Pullman, WA 99164, telephone (509) 335-4314, by January 27, 
2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of 
the Colville Reservation may proceed.
    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: November 15, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-30677 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]
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