[Federal Register: August 29, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 168)]
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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 Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI

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 Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI.
    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 were made by Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Osage Nation of
Oklahoma and the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    In 1937, human remains representing one individual were removed
from an unknown location in the Ozark Mountains, AR, by Otto Spring,
Kent Spring, Charles H. Williams, Paul Santee, Harry Barton, and Fred
Tebo. These human remains were received at an unknown date between 1937
and 1959 by Louis Pierce, of Providence, RI. Albert E. Hagenberg, a
resident of Warwick, RI, acquired the human remains from the estate of
Louis Pierce and sold them to the Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, in 1959. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains consist of a thoracic vertebra with an embedded
projectile point. The projectile point is characteristic of points made
by people living in the Ozark Mountains during the last 3,000 years.
Historical evidence, material culture, and oral history indicate that
this region is part of the traditional territory of the Osage Nation of
Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, 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 Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, 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 Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Osage Nation of
Oklahoma and Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Marilyn Massaro, Curator of
Collections, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams
Park, Providence, RI 02905, telephone (401) 785-9457, before September
30, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Osage Nation of
Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: July 22, 2002.
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-21991 Filed 8-28-02; 8:45 am]
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