[Federal Register: March 1, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 41)]
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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 Madison and Oneida Counties, NY in
the Possession of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester,
NY

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 from Madison County, NY in the possession of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Rochester
Museum and Science Center professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New York, the Oneida Nation of
New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the Onondaga Nation of New
York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of
Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York, the
Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, the
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Tuscarora Nation
of New York.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from the Deraway site (Msv 005) near Stockbridge, Madison
County, NY by person(s) unknown. In 1979, these human remains were
donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by Gilbert Hagerty.
No known individuals were identified. The six associated funerary
objects include blanket fragments, chert flakes, and a perforated cut
brass fragment.
    Based on skeletal morphology and the associated funerary objects,
these individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on
site location and continuities of material culture, the Deraway site
has been identified as an Oneida occupation dating to c. 1696-1720 A.D.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing 16 individuals were
recovered from the Quarry site (Msv 004) near Stockbridge, Madison
County, NY by person(s) unknown. In 1979, these human remains were
donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by Gilbert Hagerty.
No known individuals were identified. The 39 associated funerary
objects include a chert chunk, brass fragments, a brass bead, a shell
claw pendant, cut bone, charred maize kernels, and pottery sherds.
    Based on the associated funerary objects and skeletal morphology,
these individuals have been determined to be Native American. Based on
the type of associated funerary objects, site location, and condition
of the human remains, the Quarry site has been identified as an Oneida
occupation dating to c. 1640-1650 A.D.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing three individuals
were recovered from the Sullivan site (Ond 003) near Stockbridge,
Madison County, NY by person(s) unknown. In 1979, these human remains
were donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by Gilbert
Hagerty. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on excavation reports, site
location, condition of the human remains, and continuities of material
culture, the Sullivan site has been identified as an Oneida occupation
dating to c. 1660-1677 A.D.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing three individuals
were recovered from the Thurston site (Msv 001), Eaton Township,
Madison County, NY by Herbert Bigford, who donated these human remains
to the Rochester Museum and Science Center in 1945. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture, the Thurston site has been identified as an Oneida
occupation dating to c. 1625-1637 A.D.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Sterling site, in Verona, Madison County, NY by
person(s) unknown. In 1979, these human remains were donated to the
Rochester Museum and Science Center by Gilbert Hagerty. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, this individual has been identified
as Native American. Based on site location and continuities of material
culture, the Sterling site has been identified as an Oneida occupation
dating to c. 1750-10.21767 A.D.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of 25 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Rochester Museum and Science Center have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2), the 45 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 Rochester Museum and
Science Center 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 Oneida Nation of New York and the Oneida Tribe
of Wisconsin.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York, the Oneida Nation of New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the
Onondaga Nation of New York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New
York, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin,
the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Tuscarora
Nation of New York. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Connie Bodner, NAGPRA
Liaison, Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14607-2177; telephone: (716) 271-4552, ext. 345, before
March 31, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Oneida Nation of New York may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 23, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
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