[Federal Register: October 25, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 207)]
[Notices]
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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 State Museum
of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

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 State Museum of Pennsylvania,
Harrisburg, PA.
    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 State
Museum of Pennsylvania professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma.
    At an unknown time, human remains representing 29 individuals and
53 associated funerary objects were removed during excavations at the
Wyandotte Town Site (also known as the West Pittsburg Site) (36Lr1),
Taylor Township, Lawrence County, PA by Marco Hervatin. Mr. Hervatin
donated the remains and objects to The State Museum of Pennsylvania in
1961. No known individuals were identified. The associated funerary
objects include buckskin leather fragments, unidentified organic
material, brass rings, shell beads, and miscellaneous iron fragments
with wood attached.
    The Euroamerican assemblage of objects found with the remains dates
the burials to the 18th century. Ethnohistoric, documentary, and
archeological evidence indicates that the Wyandotte Town Site was
occupied by the Wyandotte Indians between A.D. 1747-1750. There is no
evidence to contradict this.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of The State
Museum of Pennsylvania have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of 29 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of The State
Museum of Pennsylvania also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 53 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 State Museum of Pennsylvania 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 associated funerary objects and the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wyandotte Tribe of
Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Stephen G. Warfel, Senior
Curator, Archaeology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North
Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024, telephone (717) 783-2887, before
November 24, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma; may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

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    Dated: October 16, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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