[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 116 (Monday, June 17, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36243-36244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14343]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13090; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: University of 
Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed 
in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects. 
Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request to the University 
of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. If no additional 
claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items 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 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the University of Oregon Museum 
of Natural and Cultural History, at the address in this notice by July 
17, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, University of 
Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of 
Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the

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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the 
control of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History, Eugene, OR, that meet the definition of unassociated funerary 
objects 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 Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item(s)

    In 1938, seven cultural items were removed from Courthouse Rock, 
near Antelope, in Wasco County, OR, during legally authorized 
excavations by archeologists from the University of Oregon. The 
cultural items were found in direct association with a burial pit 
exhibiting signs of cremation. Two burial pits were excavated, but 
human remains were only removed from Pit 2. The human remains 
and associated funerary objects from Pit 2 are the subject of 
a separate Notice of Inventory Completion published in the Federal 
Register. The seven unassociated funerary objects from Pit 1 
are two points, four scrapers, and one yellow pigment sample.
    Based on archeological context, the cultural items described above 
are determined to be Native American. Based on provenience, the 
cultural items are reasonably believed to be affiliated with the Tenino 
people. Historical documents, ethnographic sources, and oral history 
indicate that Tenino people have occupied north-central Oregon since 
pre-contact times. The Tenino people are one of the tribes that compose 
the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

Determinations Made by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History

    Officials of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the seven cultural items 
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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     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 objects and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of 
Collections, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1224, telephone 
(541) 346-5120, by July 17, 2013. After that date, if no additional 
claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the unassociated 
funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon may proceed.
    The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 10, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-14343 Filed 6-14-13; 8:45 am]
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