FR Doc E8-18676[Federal Register: August 13, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 157)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, 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 control of the 
Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed 
from south of Three Tree Point in King 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 Burke Museum 
and University of Washington professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot 
Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, 
Washington; Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington; Suquamish Indian Tribe of the 
Port Madison Reservation, Washington; and Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington.
    In 1923, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Pleasant Beach, south of Three Tree Point in King 
County, WA. The human remains were found by the landowner while digging 
in the backyard and transferred to the King County Coroner's Office, 
and subsequently transferred to the Burke Museum in 1923 (Burke Accn. 
1998). No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The human remains are consistent with Native American morphology 
and therefore have been determined to be Native American. Three Tree 
Point is within the usual and accustomed territory of the Puyallup 
Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, as defined by the 1855 Treaty of 
Medicine Creek. Other ethnographic and legal documentation is 
consistent with this determination.
    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Burke Museum 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 Dr. 
Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, 
Seattle, WA 98195-3010, telephone (206) 685-2282, before September 12, 
2008. 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 Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Muckleshoot 
Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington; Puyallup Tribe 
of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Snoqualmie Tribe, Washington; 
Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington; and 
Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: July 16, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-18676 Filed 8-12-08; 8:45 am]

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