[Federal Register: November 9, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 216)]
[Notices]
[Page 61120-61121]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects From Warren, RI in the Possession of
the Charles Whipple Greene Museum, George Hail Library, Warren, RI

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

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completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary
objects in the possession of the Charles Whipple Greene Museum, George
Hail Library, Warren, RI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Charles
Whipple Greene Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island; the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe
of Gay Head, the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian
group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group). Consultation was also conducted with the
Pokanoket Tribe of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group).
    In 1914, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Burr's Hill, Warren, RI by Charles R. Carr, director of the George
Hail Library, Warren, RI. These human remains were placed within the
Charles Whipple Greene Museum within the Library. No known individual
was identified. The 90 associated funerary objects include pipes, metal
work, bottles, wampum, and beads.
    Based on the associated funerary objects, this individual has been
identified as Native American. Burr's Hill is believed to be located on
the southern border of Sowams, a Wampanoag village. Sowams is
identified in historical documents of the 16th and 17th centuries as a
Wampanoag village, and was ceded to the English in 1653 by Massasoit
and his eldest son Wamsutta (Alexander). Based on the associated
funerary objects, tese human remains have been dated to the contact
period (1500-1690 A.D.).
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Charles
Whipple Greene Museum 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 Charles
Whipple Greene Museum have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 90 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 Charles Whipple Greene Museum have 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 associated funerary objects and the Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, the
Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group), and the
Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized Indian
group).
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head, the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group),
and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group). Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Sarah Weed,
Director, George Hail Library, 530 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885;
telephone: (401) 245-7686 before December 9, 1999. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head, the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group),
and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognizd
Indian group) may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: October 25, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-29340 Filed 11-8-99; 8:45 am]
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