[Federal Register: February 24, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 36)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Coos County, OR, in the Possession of the Los Angeles County
Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains from Coos
County, OR, in the possession of the Los Angeles County Museum of
Natural History, Los Angeles, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Los Angeles
County Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Coquille Indian Tribe.
    In 1969, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site 35CS3 one the north bank near the mouth of the Coquille
River, Coos County, OR, by Mrs. Lee Hall. Mrs. Hall donated the human
remains to the Los Angeles County Museum in 1970. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Site 35CS3 has been identified as a Lower Coquille (Miluk) village
site occupied into the historic period based on manner of internment,
oral history, linguistic distribution, and geographic location..
Accession information with this individual states the remains were
found eroding from the riverbank near the site of an earlier University
of Oregon excavation of the village. Consultation evidence presented by
representatives of the Coquille Indian Tribe indicates this is a known
village site and traditional cemetery area.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Los
Angeles County Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History have also
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and the Coquille Indian
Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Confederated Tribes
of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of
the Siletz Reservation, and the Coquille Indian Tribe. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary objects
should contact Margaret Ann Hardin, Los Angeles County Museum of
Natural History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007;
telephone: (213) 744-3382 before March 26, 1997. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Coquille Indian Tribe may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 13, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-4470 Filed 2-21-97; 8:45 am]
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