FR Doc 2010-20948[Federal Register: August 24, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 163)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Field Museum of Natural History, 
Chicago, IL

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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the Field Museum of Natural History, 
Chicago, IL. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from near or in Umatilla County, OR.
    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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Field Museum 
of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington; Nez 
Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum Band, a non-federally recognized 
Indian group.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an island on the Columbia River, 10 miles 
south of Umatilla, near or in Umatilla County, OR. In 1896, the Field 
Museum of Natural History purchased these human remains from Joseph V. 
Tallman of Pendleton, OR (Field Museum of Natural History accession 
number 275, catalog number 40662). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1901, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from a location along the banks of the Columbia River, 
near Umatilla, near or in Umatilla County, OR, by Dr. Merton Miller for 
the Field Museum of Natural History (Field Museum of Natural History 
accession number 781, catalog number 40997). No known individual was 
identified. The five associated funerary objects are one chert scraper, 
one stone tool or blade, and three bone awls.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American, based on 
the specific cultural and geographic attribution in Field Museum of 
Natural History records. Scholarly publications and consultation 
information provided by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum Band, a 
non-federally recognized Indian group, indicate that the areas where 
the human remains and associated funerary objects were found are 
located within the traditional lands of the Umatilla, Cayuse, and the 
Walla Walla. These groups have been located there since the late 
Prehistoric Period, and each are represented today by the Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
    Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of three individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the five objects 
described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or 
near individual human remains

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at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony. 
Lastly, officials of the Field Museum of Natural History 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 associated funerary objects and 
the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Helen Robbins, Repatriation Director, Field 
Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605, 
telephone (312) 665-7317, before September 23, 2010. Repatriation of 
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Field Museum is responsible for notifying the Confederated 
Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of 
the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of 
the Yakama Nation, Washington; and the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho, that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 18, 2010.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-20948 Filed 8-23-10; 8:45 am]
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