FR Doc E9-2123[Federal Register: February 2, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 20)]
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[Page 5858-5859]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Oregon State University, 
Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR

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 Oregon 
State University, Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR. The human 
remains were removed from an unknown site in eastern Oregon.
    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 Oregon State 
University Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe of the 
Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, 
Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the 
Grande Ronde Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 
Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua 
Indians of Oregon; Klamath Tribes, Oregon; and Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho 
were notified, but did not participate in consultations about the human 
remains described in this notice.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Eastern Oregon. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The first record of the human remains occurred during an inventory 
in 1976. At that time, the human remains were recorded with the origins 
"E. Oregon." No additional information regarding the accession of the 
human remains is available. In 2006, the human remains were identified 
as Native American by departmental physical anthropology faculty based 
on characteristics of cranial bone structure.
    The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ceded 
6.4 million acres to the U.S. Government, including southeast 
Washington and northeast Oregon. Traditional use lands of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have extended 
beyond those boundary areas. Tribal representatives of the Confederated 
Tribes of the Colville

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Reservation concur that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation occupied the areas of southeast Washington and northeast 
Oregon. Officials of the Oregon State University, Department of 
Anthropology reasonably believe that the human remains are from an area 
that was occupied by the ancestors of members of the Confederated 
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon.
    Officials of the Oregon State University, Department of 
Anthropology 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 Oregon State 
University, Department of Anthropology 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 Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
David McMurray, Oregon State University Department of Anthropology, 238 
Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-3850, before March 
4, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes 
of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology is 
responsible for notifying the Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute 
Indian Colony of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua 
and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde 
Community of Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, 
Oregon; 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; 
Coquille Tribe of Oregon; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon; 
Klamath Tribes, Oregon; and Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: January 5, 2009
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-2123 Filed 1-30-09; 8:45 am]

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