FR Doc E7-10731
[Federal Register: June 4, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 106)]
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[Page 30829]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Slater Museum of Natural History, 
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

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. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, 
WA. The human remains were removed from Gig Harbor, Pierce 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.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Slater 
Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound professional staff 
with help from a consultant in consultation with representatives of the 
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; 
Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island 
Tribe of the Squaxin Indian Reservation, Washington; and Suquamish 
Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the vicinity of Gig Harbor, Pierce County, 
WA, probably by Frank D'Andrea. Mr. D'Andrea's name is on a piece of 
cardboard that accompanies the human remains. There was no additional 
documentation with this set of human remains in the museum records. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the vicinity of Gig Harbor, Pierce County, 
WA, by Howard Richardson. Mr. Richardson donated the human remains to 
the museum in 1935. No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the vicinity of Gig Harbor, Pierce County, 
WA. The human remains were donated to the museum in 1939. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The catalog and information with the human remains indicate that 
the three individuals were found in the vicinity of Gig Harbor. The 
individuals are most likely of Native American ancestry as indicated by 
morphological features. The geographical location where the human 
remains were recovered is consistent with the historically documented 
territory of the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, 
Washington. Officials of the Slater Museum of Natural History, 
University of Puget Sound, reasonably believe based on provenience, 
museum and donor records, historical documentation, and tribal 
consultation that the human remains share a common ancestry with 
members of tribes now represented by the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation, Washington.
    Officials of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of 
Puget Sound have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), 
the human remains described above represent the physical remains of 
three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Slater 
Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound 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 Native American human remains and the Puyallup Tribe of the 
Puyallup Reservation, Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Alyce 
DeMarais, Associate Dean, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner, 
Tacoma, WA 98416, (253) 879-3207, before July 5, 2007. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, 
Washington may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound is 
responsible for notifying the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the 
Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the 
Nisqually Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup 
Reservation, Washington; Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Indian 
Reservation, Washington; and Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison 
Reservation, Washington that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 9, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-10731 Filed 6-1-07; 8:45 am]

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