Federal Register / Vol. 59 No. 211 / Wednesday, November  2, 1994
          / Notices                                      Page 54921 & 54922

          Notice of Inventory Completion  for Native American Human Remains
          from  Blossvale, NY,  in the  Possession of  the Rome  Historical
          Society, Rome NY.

          AGENCY:   National Park Service, Interior

          ACTION:   Notice.

          _________________________________________________________________

          Notice  is hereby  given  in accordance  with  provisions of  the
          Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C.
          3003(d), of completion of  the inventory of human remains  from a
          site  near Blossvale, NY, that are presently in the possession of
          the Rome Historical Society, Rome NY.

          A detailed  inventory and assessment  of these human  remains has
          been made  by Historical  Society curatorial staff,  a contracted
          specialist in  physical anthropology, and  representatives of the
          Oneida  Indian Nation  (of  New York)  and  the Oneida  Tribe  of
          Indians of Wisconsin.

          In 1958,  Mr. Willard Teelin  discovered the human  remains along
          with some associated funerary objects  following a flash flood in
          Fish Creek near Blossvale, NY.  The director of  the Fort Stanwix
          Museum, operated  by the Rome Historical  Society, identified the
          human remains and associated funerary objects as belonging to the
          Owasco culture.  Mr. Teelin donated the human remains to the Rome
          Historical  Society  and retained  possession  of  the associated
          funerary objects. Mr. Teelin's descendants  are not aware of  the
          whereabouts of  the  associated funerary  objects.   Osteological
          examination   by  Dr.   Richard  G.   Wilkinson,  Department   of
          Anthropology, State University of New York-Albany, revealed  that
          two  individuals are represented by the human remains.  The first
          individual  was approximately  35-40  years old  at  the time  of
          death.  The  second individual was approximately 16-20  years old
          at the  time of death.   Both are Native American  males from the
          prehistoric period.

          Inventory  of the  human remains and  review of  the accompanying
          documentation   indicates   that   no  known   individuals   were
          identifiable.  The Owasco culture  is generally recognized in the
          archeological  literature  as   being  ancestral   to  the   five
          historically  known Indian  tribes of  the  Iroquois Confederacy:
          Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga,  and Seneca. The Blossvale, NY,
          area  in which the human  remains were discovered  is well within
          the historical  boundaries of lands claimed  as Oneida territory.
          The Oneida Indian Nation (of New York) considers itself to be the
          descendant  of Native  Americans  who occupied  central New  York
          since  time immemorial.  Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin has
          declined  to  submit a  claim  for  repatriation of  these  human
          remains.

          Based on the  above mentioned information, officials of  the Rome
          Historical Society  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  human  remains  and
          associated funerary objects and the Oneida Indian Nation (of  New
          York).

          This  notice  has been  sent to  officials  of the  Oneida Indian
          Nation  (of  New  York)  and  the  Oneida  Tribe  of  Indians  of
          Wisconsin.    Representatives of  any  other  Indian tribe  which          believes  itself to  be  culturally affiliated  with these  human
          remains  should  contact  Jon Austin,  Executive  Director,  Rome
          Historical Society, 200 Church  Street, Rome NY 13440, telephone:
          (315)  336-5870, before December 2,  1994.  Repatriation of these
          human remains to the Oneida Indian Nation (of New York) may begin
          after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

          Dated: October 11, 1994


          Francis P. MacManamon, Ph.D.
          Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
          Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR Doc. 94-27079; Filed 11-1-94; 8:45 am]
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