[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 24 (Wednesday, February 5, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6919-6920]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02308]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14794; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Coulee 
Dam, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has completed an inventory of 
human remains and associated funerary objects, 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 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 Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. 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 Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area at 
the address in this notice by March 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Dan A. Foster, Superintendent, Lake Roosevelt National 
Recreation Area, 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116, telephone 
(509) 754-7812, email Dan_A_Foster@nps.gov .

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 U.S. Department of 
the Interior, National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation 
Area, Coulee Dam, WA, and in the physical custody of the Museum of 
Anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Lincoln 
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 
Superintendent, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Lake 
Roosevelt National Recreation Area professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1967, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from a heavily disturbed area at site 45LI06 in Lincoln 
County, WA, by Roderick Sprague of the University of Idaho. The remains 
were housed at the University of Idaho until 2000, when they were 
transferred to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State

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University. No known individuals were identified. The 20 associated 
funerary objects are 1 pestle fragment, 1 flaked stone spall, 3 
projectile points, 1 stone flake, 2 projectile point tip fragments, 3 
crockery fragments, 2 glass bottle fragments, 6 ceramic fragments, and 
1 lot of burned grave marker post fragments.
    Archeological data indicate that site 45LI06 was a major village, 
fishing location, and burial site, which was occupied from 
approximately 5000-600 B.P. The site is part of a complex along the 
Spokane River that includes named Spokane Indian villages, camps, 
procurement sites, and burial sites. Ethnohistorical data indicate that 
this area of the river was occupied by a group that researchers termed 
the Middle Spokane (sq[aring]si'[lstrok]ni), named after an early 
contact village located upstream of site 45LI06. The Middle Spokane was 
one of three major groups that make up the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation. Oral tradition also documents that this area of the 
Spokane River was occupied by the ancestors of the Spokane Tribe of the 
Spokane Reservation.

Determinations Made by Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    Officials of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area 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(3)(A), the 20 objects described 
in this notice 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 associated funerary objects and the Spokane 
Tribe of the Spokane 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 and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Dan A. Foster, Superintendent, Lake Roosevelt 
National Recreation Area, 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116, 
telephone (509) 754-7812, email Dan_A_Foster@nps.gov , by March 7, 
2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects to the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation may proceed.
    Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is responsible for 
notifying the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: January 9, 2014.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-02308 Filed 2-4-14; 8:45 am]
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