FR Doc E8-563
[Federal Register: January 15, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 10)]
[Notices]               
[Page 2525-2526]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, 
Puyallup, WA

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 
Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, Puyallup, WA. The human remains were 
removed from an unknown area of Western 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 the Paul H. 
Karshner Memorial Museum professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community 
of Oregon.
    In the 1930s, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown area in Western Oregon. The 
human remains were donated to the museum by Dr. Warner M. Karshner in 
the 1930s. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    In creating the Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum in 1930, Dr. 
Karshner began to acquire Native American items, objects, and artifacts 
for research and understanding, specifically from the Northwest. It is 
during this time period that the human remains from Western Oregon were 
donated and inventoried into the museum's permanent collection. Based 
on the donor's history, it is reasonably believed that the human 
remains are of Native American origin.
    The museum's inventory book identifies the human remains as being 
"native" and being from the western Oregon region. The western Oregon 
area is known to be aboriginal lands for the Confederated Tribes of the 
Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. Based on museum records, geographical 
location, and donor history, the human remains are reasonably believed 
to be culturally affiliated with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand 
Ronde Community of Oregon.
    Officials of the Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum 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 Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum 
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 Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Jay 
Reifel, Assistant Superintendent, telephone (253) 840-8971 or Ms. Beth 
Bestrom, Museum Curator, Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, 309 4th St. 
NE, Puyallup, WA 98372, telephone (253) 841-8748, before February 14, 
2008. Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of 
the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.

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    Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum is responsible for notifying the 
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of 
Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; 
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon; and Coquille 
Tribe of Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 7, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-563 Filed 1-14-08; 8:45 am]

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