[Federal Register: December 17, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 242)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from near Oregon City, OR in the Possession of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains from near Oregon
City, OR 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 Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde of
Oregon.
    In 1895, human remains representing one individual were removed
from a burial site two miles outside of Oregon City, OR by Dr. M.E.
Pierce who donated these human remains to the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology the same year. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on cranial morphology, this individual has been determined to
be Native American. Museum documentation records this individual to be
``Clackamas.'' Historical documents indicate the area of Oregon City
was part of Clackamas traditional territory during the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries. The attribution of such a specific cultural
affiliation to the individual by the collector indicates that interment
post-dates sustained contact between indigenous groups and Europeans
beginning in the late eighteenth century. Therefore, the antiquity of
the human remains and the occupation of the area by Clackamas people
coincide. The Clackamas people are represented by the Confederated
Tribes of the Grande Ronde of Oregon.
    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 one individual of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and the Confederated Tribes of the Grande
Ronde of Oregon.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Confederated Tribes
of the Grande Ronde of Oregon. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Barbara Isaac,
Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; telephone:
(617) 495-2254, before January 19, 1999. Repatriation of the human
remains to the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde of Oregon may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: December 11, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-33448 Filed 12-16-98; 8:45 am]
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