FR Doc E7-18482
[Federal Register: September 19, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 181)]
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[Page 53601]
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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 Hood River, Hood River 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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Slater 
Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound professional staff 
and a consultant in consultation with representatives of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington.
    Human remains representing a minimum of two individuals were 
removed from Hood River, Hood River County, OR, by an unknown person on 
an unknown date. The human remains were brought to the museum by Howard 
Richardson on February 7, 1939. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    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 tribes now represented by the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. The Indian Claims 
Commission Final Decision places Hood River within the territories of 
the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. 
Furthermore, based on information provided during consultation with 
tribal representatives, there is a reasonable belief that the human 
remains share a common ancestry with members of tribes now represented 
by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    Officials of the Slater Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of two individuals of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the Slater Museum of Natural History 
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 Confederated Tribes 
of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Peter Wimberger, Slater Museum of Natural History, 1500 N. Warner, 
Tacoma, WA 98416, (253) 879-2784, before October 19, 2007. Repatriation 
of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Slater Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 29, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-18482 Filed 9-18-07; 8:45 am]

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