[Federal Register: April 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 64)]
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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.

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 was made by the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    On October 1, 1877, human remains representing one individual were
donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by Dr. T.O.
Summers of Nashville, TN. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum records indicate that the collector, the collection dates,
and the specific site from which the remains were collected are
unknown. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology accession records
indicate that the remains are those of a ``Comanche'' individual from
the ``Plains region.'' The attribution of such a specific cultural
affiliation to the human remains indicates that, at the time that the
remains were acquired, the collector probably had direct knowledge of
the individual's cultural affiliation. This information indicates that
the remains probably date to the historic period and are the remains of
a Comanche individual. The Comanche are represented by the present-day
Comanche Indian Tribe, 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 one individual of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also 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 the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Comanche Indian
Tribe, Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before May 3, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Comanche Indian Tribe,
Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: March 21, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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