[Federal Register: January 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 11)]
[Notices]
[Page 2384-2385]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and an Unassociated Funerary Object from Norwich, CT, in the Possession
of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and an
unassociated funerary object in the possession of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut.
    In 1922, human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Norwich, CT area by W.K. Morehead of the Robert S.
Peabody Museum. These human remains were received by the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology as a gift from the Robert

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S. Peabody Museum, Andover, MA in 1937. Mohegan oral tradition and
historical documents indicate Norwich, CT area was a traditional
Mohegan burial area. The condition of the human remains indicate
internment during the contact period ca. 1600-1800 AD. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    In 1910, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology purchased
a large collection of objects and human remains from Mr. James Eddy
Mauran. Included in this collection is one projectile point which is
described in the original accession records as having come from ``the
Grave of Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans'' in Norwich, CT. Evidence
presented by Mohegan representatives indicates that projectile points
were commonly included in burials as part of Mohegan funerary
practices. The Mohegan representatives also state that because ninety-
eight percent of Mohegan tribal members are descended from Uncas, no
single lineal descendent can be identified.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), this cultural item
is 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 and is believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to
have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American
individual. Lastly, officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there
is a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and unassociated
funerary object and the Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Mohegan Indian Tribe
of Connecticut. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
unassociated funerary object should contact Ms. Barbara Issac,
Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; telephone
(617) 495-2254, before February 18, 1997. Repatriation of the human
remains and the unassociated funerary object to the Mohegan Indian
Tribe of Connecticut may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: December 17, 1996.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-1068 Filed 1-15-97; 8:45 am]
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