[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 8 (Friday, January 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2429-2430]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00437]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11892; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: The Museum of Anthropology at 
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Museum of Anthropology has completed an inventory of human 
remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribe, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects 
and the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation. Representatives of 
any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with 
the human remains and associated funerary objects may contact the 
Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University. Repatriation of 
the human remains associated funerary items to the Spokane Tribe of the 
Spokane Reservation 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 and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University at the address below by February 11, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University, Pullman, WA 99164-4910, telephone (509) 335-4314.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Museum of 
Anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Stevens 
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

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the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 
Native American human remains associate funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Museum 
of Anthropology at Washington State University professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1979, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from archaeological site 45ST174 in Stevens County, WA. 
The remains were recovered from the surface in an area disturbed by 
bulldozer work associated with road construction. Archaeologists 
working for the Washington Archaeological Research Center at Washington 
State University collected the remains. In 1979, the human remains and 
associated funerary items were transferred to the University of Idaho. 
In 2000, they were returned to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington 
State University. No known individuals were identified. The two 
associated funerary objects are fragments of antler digging stick 
handles. The associated funerary items suggest the burial is from the 
Late Prehistoric Period.
    The site is within the traditional territory of the Spokane Tribe 
of the Spokane Reservation. Historical, ethnographic, linguistic, and 
archaeological information links the site to the Spokane Tribe of the 
Spokane Reservation.

Determinations Made by the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University

    Officials of the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State 
University have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the two objects 
described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or 
near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of 
the death rite or ceremony.
     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 associated funerary objects and the Spokane 
Tribe of the Spokane Reservation.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology at 
Washington State University Pullman, WA 99164-4910, telephone (509) 
335-4314, before February 11, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane 
Reservation may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University is 
responsible for notifying the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 7, 2012.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-00437 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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