FR Doc E8-19338[Federal Register: August 21, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 163)]
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[Page 49476-49477]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Horner 
Collection, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent 
to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Horner 
Collection, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, that meets the 
definition of "unassociated funerary object" under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 cultural 
item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The Museum of Oregon Country, Oregon Agricultural College was 
renamed the John B. Horner Museum of the Oregon Country in 1936, and 
became commonly known as the Horner Museum. The Oregon Agricultural 
College was renamed the Oregon State College in 1937, and became Oregon 
State University in 1962. The Horner Museum closed in 1995. Currently, 
cultural items from the Horner Museum are referred to as the Horner 
Collection, which is owned by, and in the possession of, Oregon State 
University.
    The Horner Collection, Oregon State University professional staff 
consulted with representatives of the 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 
Reservation, Oregon; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Karuk Tribe of 
California; Smith River Rancheria, California; and Yurok Tribe of the 
Yurok Reservation, California. The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the 
Yakama Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis 
Reservation, Washington; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Hawai`i 
Island Burial Council; Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, 
Washington; Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai`i Nei; Jamestown S'Klallam 
Tribe of Washington; Kauai/Niihau Island Burial Council; 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; Maui/Lanai Island Burial 
Council; Molokai Island Burial Council; O'ahu Burial Committee; Office 
of Hawaiian Affairs; Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz 
Valley Reservation of California; Quileute Tribe of the Quileute 
Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, 
Washington; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington were informed of the item in this claim, but did not 
participate in the consultations.
    At an unknown date, a trinket basket was removed from Vancouver, 
Clark County, WA, probably by Mrs. J.E. Barrett. Mrs. Barrett brought 
the basket to the Horner Museum in 1934 and gifted it to the Horner 
Museum in 1972. The Horner Collection, Oregon State University has no 
evidence the trinket basket was ever buried with any individual. 
However, J.E. Barrett is known to have collected cultural items from 
burials and mounds. Based on consultation and museum records, the 
Horner Collection, Oregon State University has identified this cultural 
item as an unassociated funerary object.
    Tribal representatives have identified this basket as typical of 
those found at the mouth of the Columbia River and displays 
characteristics of Clatsop, Tillamook, and Chinook basketry techniques 
and materials. The Clatsop, Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Neachesna 
(Salmon River Tillamook), and Siletz Band of Tillamooks were all 
parties to the 1855 Coast Treaty. The treaty was never ratified and the 
northern Oregon coastal bands were not forced to remove to the Siletz 
Reservation as stipulated in the treaty. For the most part, remaining 
in their traditional territories the northern Oregon coast bands traded 
and inter-married with members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon and Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of Oregon. Many of the Tillamook families at Salmon River 
(within the Siletz Reservation and often having Chinook and Clatsop 
ancestry) received Siletz Reservation Allotments.
    Officials of the Horner Collection, Oregon State University have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), the one cultural 
item described above is 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 and is believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual. Officials of the Horner Collection, Oregon State 
University also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), 
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably 
traced between the unassociated funerary object and the Confederated 
Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and Confederated Tribes 
of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon.

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    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary object should 
contact Sabah Randhawa, Executive Vice President and Provost, 
President's Office, Oregon State University, 600 Kerr Administration 
Building, Corvallis, OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-8260, before 
September 22, 2008. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary object to 
the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Horner Collection, Oregon State University is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw 
Indians of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of 
Oregon; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon; Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington; Hawai`i Island 
Burial Council; Hoh Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, 
Washington; Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai`i Nei; Jamestown S'Klallam 
Tribe of Washington; Karuk Tribe of California; Kauai/Niihau Island 
Burial Council; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha 
Reservation, Washington; Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon; 
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of 
the Makah Indian Reservation, Washington; Maui/Lanai Island Burial 
Council; Molokai Island Burial Council; O'ahu Burial Committee; Office 
of Hawaiian Affairs; Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation, 
Washington; Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley 
Reservation of California; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, 
Washington; Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish 
Reservation, Washington; Smith River Rancheria, California; Swinomish 
Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the 
Tulalip Reservation, Washington; and Yurok Tribe of the Yurok 
Reservation, California that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 14, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-19338 Filed 8-20-08; 8:45 am]

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