FR Doc 03-21976
[Federal Register: August 28, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 167)]
[Notices]               
[Page 51803-51804]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: American Museum of Natural 
History, New York, NY

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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the American Museum of Natural History, 
New York, NY. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from Skamania 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 within 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

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responsible for the determinations within this notice.
     A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American 
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Hoh 
Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington; Jamestown 
S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the 
Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot 
Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually 
Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; Port 
Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Quileute Tribe 
of the Quileute Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault 
Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; Shoalwater 
Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; 
Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; 
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish 
Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, 
Washington; and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington.
     In 1882, human remains representing a minimum of 10 individuals 
were removed from Chenoworth Rock, Little White Salmon, in the vicinity 
of the Columbia River, Skamania County, WA, by James Terry. In 1891, 
the American Museum of Natural History purchased the human remains from 
Mr. Terry. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
     In 1891, the American Museum of Natural History purchased 
additional human remains representing a minimum of two individuals from 
Mr. Terry. Museum records indicate the provenience of the human remains 
as ``WA?, Skamania County?, Columbia River?, Little White Salmon?, 
Chenoworth rock?'' No known individuals were identified. The 13 
associated funerary objects are 9 metal bracelets, 3 metal finger 
rings, and 1 string of brass and glass beads. The metal and glass 
objects indicate a postcontact date for the burials.
     Based on geographic location and the presence of cranial shaping, 
the individuals have been identified as Native American. The associated 
funerary objects suggest a postcontact age for some of the human 
remains, and the geographic origin for all of the human remains is 
consistent with the postcontact territory of Chinook- and Sahaptin-
speaking groups of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon.
     Officials of the American 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 a minimum of 12 
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the American 
Museum of Natural History also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 13 objects described above 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. 
Lastly, officials of the American Museum of Natural History 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 associated funerary 
objects and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, 
Washington and 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 and associated funerary 
objects should contact Luc Litwinionek, Director of Cultural Resources, 
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 
New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846, before September 29, 
2003. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects 
to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington 
and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
     The American Museum of Natural History is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 
Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Hoh 
Indian Tribe of the Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington; Jamestown 
S'Klallam Tribe of Washington; Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the 
Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington; Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation, Washington; Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian 
Reservation, Washington; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot 
Reservation, Washington; Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually 
Reservation, Washington; Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington; Port 
Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington; 
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington; Quileute Tribe 
of the Quileute Reservation, Washington; Quinault Tribe of the Quinault 
Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; Shoalwater 
Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington; 
Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington; 
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington; 
Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington; the Swinomish Indians of the 
Swinomish Reservation, Washington; Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip 
Reservation, Washington; and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 20, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-21976 Filed 8-27-03; 8:45 am]

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