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Information for Tribal Representatives

If you are an authorized tribal representative and would like a copy of past summaries or inventories, or would like more information please contact:

Hollye Keister

If you are preparing a letter claiming cultural items from the Burke, please see the Burke’s Recommendations for Tribal Letters Seeking Repatriation of Human Remains or Cultural Objects (PDF).


The Burke recently created a computerized mapping system or Geographic Information System (GIS) database of information to assist with NAGPRA consultations. This limited access, secure GIS database includes the locations of sites where NAGPRA archaeological cultural items now housed at the Burke were originally found, photos of these items and associated documentation. This database also includes maps created by ethnographers and historians that outline tribal cultural and treaty boundaries for Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Burke NAGPRA GIS, Handbook of North American Indians Map (sensitive data removed)

The following tribes have been provided a copy of the Burke NAGPRA GIS database, and trained in its use:

  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington 
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon
  • Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington
  • Native Village of Barrow
  • North Slope Borough
  • Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington
  • Samish Indian Tribe, Washington
  • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington
  • Sealaska Native Corporation
  • Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington
  • Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington
  • Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, Washington
  • Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington

**This work was funded by a Documentation Grant from the National NAGPRA Program and due to its sensitive nature is only available to appropriate tribal representatives.**

Pesticide Testing

The Burke Museum has an ongoing program for testing artifacts in our collections that may have been treated with pesticides and other dangerous chemicals as preservatives in the past. Results of testing are made available to claimant tribes upon request.

To learn more about our handling procedures see the Burke Museum Handling Procedures for Contaminated Objects (PDF).

Additional Resources regarding Pesticides

Museum Resources:

National Museum of the American Indian

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

National Park Service, Conserve-O-Gram PDF 1 | PDF 2

Toxic Substance Resources:

EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency): Tribal Pesticides Program

ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry)
Department of Health and Human Services Toxic Substances Portal

Extoxnet: Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs)
University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho Cooperative.

International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center (CIS)
International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)