[Federal Register: January 31, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 21)]
[Notices]
[Page 3462]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of the Office of the State Archeologist, University
of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice if hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d), of the completion of an
inventory for Native American human remains from the State of
Washington currently in the possession of the Office of the State
Archeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
    A detailed inventory and assessment has been made by members of the
professional staff of the Office of the State Archeologist Burials
Program in consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes
and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation.
    In 1994, the human remains were transferred to the Iowa Office of
the State Archeologist Burials Program as part of a collection from the
estate of Mr. John Morrie. Limited provenience information indicated
the remains were found on the Columbia River near the city of Vantage,
Kittias County, Washington. It is not known when or how these human
remains came into the donor's possession.
    The human remains represent one individual. Face morphology
indicates the individual is an adult Native American woman. Mummified
tissue and a small amount of hair remain attached to the cranium. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Representatives of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama
Indian Nation have identified the banks of the Columbia River in
Kittias county as part of their traditional occupation area from pre-
contact times. The representatives have also presented evidence that
occupation areas often contain burials.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Office
of the State Archeologist Burials Program have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent
the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
Burials Program officials have further determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between the human remains and the Confederated
Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the confederated Tribes
and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe which believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the
human remains should contact Shirley Schermer, Burials Program
Director, Office of the State Archeologist, Eastlawn, University of
Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, telephone (319) 335-2400 before March 1,
1996. Repatriation of these human remains to the Confederated Tribes
and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation may begin after this date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 24, 1996.
Francis P. McManamon,
Chief Archeologist, Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Archeology
and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-1826 Filed 1-30-96; 8:45 am]
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