FR Doc 2010-15595[Federal Register: June 28, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 123)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Thomas Burke Memorial Washington 
State Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, 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 
Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum (Burke Museum), 
University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The human remains were removed 
from Lopez Island, San Juan 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 Burke 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, 
Washington; and Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, 
Washington.
    In 1949, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site 45-SJ-186, Lopez Island, San Juan County, WA. 
The remains were excavated by a University of Washington field school 
under the supervision of Mr. Carroll Burroughs, and transferred to the 
Burke Museum in 1951 (Burke Accn. 3649). In 2010, the human 
remains were found in a level bag at the museum. No known individual 
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Historical documentation indicates that the southern Lopez Island 
area is part of the Samish aboriginal territory (Suttles (1951 and 
1990), Smith (1941), Roberts (1975), and Tremaine (1975)). The Treaty 
of Point Elliot in 1855 stated that the Samish were to be relocated to 
the Lummi Reservation. After the Treaty of Point Elliot, many Samish 
individuals relocated to either the Lummi Reservation or the Swinomish 
Reservation (Ruby and Brown 1986:179). Many Samish, however, chose to 
remain in their old village sites.

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    Officials of the Burke Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains listed above represent the physical 
remains of at least one individual of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Burke 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 Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian 
Tribe, Washington; and Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, 
Washington.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Peter Lape, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Box 353010, 
Seattle, WA 98195, telephone (206) 685-3849, before July 28, 2010. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi 
Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; and Swinomish 
Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington, may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Burke Museum is responsible for notifying the Lummi Tribe of 
the Lummi Reservation, Washington; Samish Indian Tribe, Washington; and 
Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation, Washington, that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: June 22, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-15595 Filed 6-25-10; 8:45 am]
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