[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects 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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary
objects was made by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Pawnee
Nation of Oklahoma.
    In 1915, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Genoa site in Nance County, NE, by Frederick H. Sterns during
excavations conducted under the auspices of the Peabody Museum Missouri
Valley Expedition. No known individual was identified. The 11
associated funerary objects are fragmentary brass rings.
    Museum documentation, historic, and archeological evidence indicate
that the interment post-dates sustained contact between indigenous
groups and Europeans beginning in the 18th century.
    The archeological and historical evidence and the location of the
Genoa site within the traditional territory of the Pawnee tribe
indicate that the individual is Native American and is culturally
affiliated with the present-day Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    In 1915, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Burkett site in Nance County, NE, by Frederick H. Sterns
during excavations conducted under the auspices of the Peabody Museum
Missouri Valley Expedition. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum documentation, historic, and archeological evidence indicate
that the interment post-dates sustained contact between indigenous
groups and Europeans beginning in the 18th century. Oral history and
the location of the Burkett site within the traditional territory of
the Pawnee tribe indicate that the individual is Native American and is
culturally affiliated to the present-day Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    In 1915, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Hookstra Farm in Butler County, NE, by Frederick H. Sterns
during excavations conducted under the auspices of the Peabody Museum
Missouri Valley Expedition. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum documentation, historic, and archeological evidence indicate
the interment post-dates sustained contact between indigenous groups
and Europeans beginning in the 18th century. Oral history and the
location of the Hookstra Farm within the traditional territory of the
Pawnee tribe indicate that the individual is Native American and is
culturally affiliated to the present-day Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    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 also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 11 objects listed
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. Lastly, officials of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pawnee Nation of
Oklahoma. 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, 11 Divinity
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before April 19,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 28, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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