FR Doc 05-15319
[Federal Register: August 3, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 148)]
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[Page 44692]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Horner Collection, Oregon State 
University, 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 possession of the 
Horner Collection, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. The human 
remains were removed from Wasco County, 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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Horner 
Collection, Oregon State University professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon.
    The Museum of Oregon Country, Oregon Agricultural College was 
renamed the John B. Horner Museum of the Oregon Country in 1936, and 
became commonly known as the Horner Museum. The Oregon Agricultural 
College was renamed the Oregon State College in 1937, and became Oregon 
State University in 1962. The Horner Museum closed in 1995. Currently, 
cultural items from the Horner Museum are referred to as the Horner 
Collection, which is owned by, and in the possession of, Oregon State 
University.
    At an unknown time, human remains representing a minimum of five 
individuals were removed from an unknown site in Shaniko, Wasco County, 
OR. In December 1974, Keith Chamberlain gifted three skulls and three 
mandibles to the John B. Horner Museum of the Oregon Country. It is 
unknown whether the human remains were removed by Mr. Chamberlain. Upon 
examination of the human remains it was discovered that two of the 
three mandibles originally thought to be associated with two of the 
three skulls, in fact represented an additional two individuals. No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    A handwritten note in the museum file states, ``3 (skulls) - 
mineralized - from Shaniko Eastern Oregon from Stone Age Site.'' The 
author of this note is unknown. The ``Stone Age Site'' referred to is 
unknown. Shaniko, Wasco County, OR, is within the territory ceded to 
the United States in the Treaty of Wasco, Columbia River, Oregon 
Territory, June 1855, by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon.
    Officials of the Horner Collection, Oregon State University have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of five individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Horner Collection, Oregon 
State University have also 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 Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Sabah 
Randhawa, Executive Vice President and Provost, President's Office, 
Oregon State University, 600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, 
OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-8260, before September 2, 2005. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    Horner Collection, Oregon State University is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 26, 2005
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-15319 Filed 8-2-05; 8:45 am]

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