Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 119 (Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
[Notices]
[Pages 36146-36147]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-15429]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Oregon Museum of 
Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation 
with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian 
tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the University 
of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Indian tribe(s) stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the 
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the 
address below by July 21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, University of 
Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of 
Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby 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 University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural 
History, Eugene, OR. The human remains were removed from an unknown 
site, but possibly from Lane 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University 
of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the 
Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and Confederated Tribes of Siletz 
Indians of Oregon (previously listed as Confederated Tribes of the 
Siletz Reservation, Oregon).

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were acquired by the museum. Museum records indicate that 
their provenience is ``unknown/is possibly the Creswell burial 
excavated by Peterson.'' Based on museum records, the remains may have 
been recovered from Creswell, Lane County, OR. Elsewhere, the remains 
are cataloged as ``unknown, Indian.'' No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The skeletal characteristics of the human remains are not 
suggestive of race. Historical documents, ethnographic sources, and 
oral history indicate that the Kalapuya people have occupied the 
southern Willamette Valley since precontact times in the area where the 
remains may have been recovered. Based on the information available, 
the individual is assumed to

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be Native American, and possibly of Kalapuya cultural affiliation. 
Descendants of the Kalapuya are members of the Confederated Tribes of 
the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and Confederated Tribes of Siletz 
Indians of Oregon.

Determinations Made by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History

    Officials of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry.
     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 and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of 
Oregon.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Pamela Endzweig, Director of Collections, University of Oregon Museum 
of Natural and Cultural History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 
97403-1224, telephone (541) 346-5120, before July 21, 2011. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes of the 
Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and/or Confederated Tribes of Siletz 
Indians of Oregon may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History is 
responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde 
Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of 
Oregon that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 15, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-15429 Filed 6-20-11; 8:45 am]
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