FR Doc E9-5326[Federal Register: March 12, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 47)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Northwest Museum, Whitman
College, Walla Walla, WA
AGENCY: National Park Service.
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
Northwest Museum (formerly Maxey Museum), Whitman College, Walla Walla,
WA. The human remains were removed from Mason 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 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 Whitman
College and Northwest Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish
Sometime between 1874 and 1907, human remains representing a
minimum of four individuals were removed from the vicinity of the
Skokomish Reservation, located in present-day Mason County, WA, by
Reverend Myron Eells, Congregational Missionary. After Rev. Eells
death, the human remains were donated to Whitman College by his wife on
February 15, 1907, (WHIT-E-549, Eells2557; WHIT-X-0011, WHIT-
E-550, Eells 2558; WHIT-E-551, Eells 2559, WHIT-E-
552). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
While Rev. Eells did not always indicate cultural affiliation, he
collected mainly from the Skokomish and S'Klallam Tribes. Rev. Eells
occasionally noted tribal affiliations and/or places of origin for
items in the collection. Some of Rev. Eells notes on the human remains
are stated in
museum records, which identify the human remains as Native American. In
addition, the human remains were determined to be Native American based
on skeletal morphology, as well as on museum records of the
The human remains are most likely culturally affiliated with tribes
whose aboriginal lands lie in the Hood River region of the Puget Sound
of northwestern Washington. Anthropological evidence, including
continuities of technology and material culture, indicates continuous
occupation by the Skokomish (also known as Twana) peoples over the last
2,000 years in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The
historical biography and papers of Rev. Myron Eells, and consultation
evidence with tribal representatives of the Skokomish Indian Tribe of
the Skokomish Reservation, Washington, further support Skokomish
Officials of the Northwest Museum, Whitman College have determined
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described
above represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the Northwest Museum, Whitman College
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 Skokomish Indian
Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Brian
Dott, Director, Northwest Museum, Maxey Hall, Whitman College, 345
Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362, telephone (509) 527-5776, before
April 13, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Skokomish
Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington may proceed after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
The Northwest Museum, Whitman College is responsible for notifying
the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington
that this notice has been published.
Dated: February 26, 2009.
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-5326 Filed 3-11-09; 8:45 am]
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