[Federal Register: October 18, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 200)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of Willamette
University, Salem, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human

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remains and associated funerary objects in the possession of Willamette
University, Salem, OR.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Willamette
University professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, the Confederated
Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, the Klamath Indian Tribe, the
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and the
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama
Reservation.
    During 1930-1970, human remains representing a minimum of three
individuals were recovered from poorly-identified burial mounds in the
mid-Willamette Valley, OR near the cities of Mt. Angel, Shedd, Halsey,
and Harrisburg during excavations conducted by Willamette University
students, either independently or under the direction of a professor.
No known individuals were identified. The one associated funerary
object is a necklace fragment of unstrung dentalia shells.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these human remains have been
identified as Native American. Based on ethnographic sources, the
Willamette Valley is recognized as the traditional territory of the
Kalapooyan tribes. University of Maryland Anthropology Professor
Emeritus Dr. William Laughlin (one of the student excavators during the
1930s) confirmed the regions excavations and the Kalapooyan affiliation
of those sites and human remains. Kalapooyan descendants presently
reside among the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of Willamette
University have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of a minimum
of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
Willamette University have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed 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. Lastly, officials of
Willamette University have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary object and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand
Ronde Community.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Confederated Tribes
of the Grand Ronde Community, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz
Reservation, the Klamath Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the
Warm Springs Reservation, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the
Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
John Olbrantz, Director, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 900 State St.,
Salem, OR 97301-3931; telephone: (503) 370-6855, before November 17,
1999. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: October 1, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-27126 Filed 10-15-99; 8:45 am]
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