[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 116 (Monday, June 17, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36241-36242]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14330]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13089; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Oregon Museum of 
Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History has completed an inventory of human remains and associated 
funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or 
Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary 
objects and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. 
Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request to the University of 
Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. If no additional 
requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, 
or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural 
and Cultural History at the address in this notice by July 17, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, Museum of 
Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under the control of the University of 
Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Gilliam, 
Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties, 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University 
of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1938, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
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removed from Pine Hollow Cave 1, along a tributary of the John 
Day River, in Sherman County, OR, during legally authorized excavations 
by archeologists from the University of Oregon. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1938, human remains representing, at minimum, four individuals 
were removed from Courthouse Rock, near Antelope, in Wasco County, OR, 
during legally authorized excavations by archeologists from the 
University of Oregon. No known individuals were identified. The 26 
associated funerary objects are 13 points, 9 scrapers, 1 blade, 1 bone 
awl, 1 pumice block, and 1 lot of pigment samples.
    In 1946, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from Butte Creek Cave (site 35WH1), in Wheeler County, OR, 
during legally authorized excavations by archeologists from the 
University of Oregon. Objects removed from the site during a previous 
excavation in 1938 were subsequently found to be associated with this 
individual. No known individual was identified. The 25 associated 
funerary objects are 1 basket, 5 basket fragments, 7 scrapers, 1 piece 
of wolverine fur, 1 fragmentary cape or blanket of twined rabbit skin 
strips, 1 dog skeleton, 2 pieces of matting, 5 pieces of cordage, 1 
piece of felt, and 1 slag.
    In 1946, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from a cremation in the vicinity of Hoover Creek, near 
Fossil, in Wheeler County, OR, during legally authorized excavations by 
archeologists from the University of Oregon. No known individual was 
identified. The 12 associated funerary objects are 1 scraper fragment, 
1 copper pendant, 1 pipe in fragments, 2 worked tuff, 1 worked bone, 1 
dentalium shell, 1 bird bone, 1 pestle, 1 worked chert, and 2 bone 
fragments.
    In 1951, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from the Condon Lumber Company mill, near Lonerock, in 
Gilliam County, OR, by the Gilliam County coroner and transferred to 
the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Based on archeological context, the individuals described above are 
determined to be Native American. Based on provenience, the Native 
American human remains are reasonably believed to be affiliated with 
the Tenino people. Historical documents, ethnographic sources, and oral 
history indicate that Tenino people have occupied north-central Oregon 
since pre-contact times. The Tenino people are one of the tribes that 
compose the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon.

Determinations Made by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History

    Officials of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of eight individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 63 objects described 
in this notice are 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.
     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 associated funerary objects and the 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History 1224 
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120, 
by July 17, 2013. After that date, if no additional requestors have 
come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon may proceed.
    The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 10, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-14330 Filed 6-14-13; 8:45 am]
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