[Federal Register: November 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 226)]
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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 Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, MA

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 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,
MA.
    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 Peabody
Essex Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Cayuga Nation of New York.
    Before 1868, human remains representing one individual came into
the collections of the Essex Institute following their collection by
Mr. C.L. Allen. In 1868, these human remains were transferred to the
Peabody Academy of Sciences from the Essex Institute (both now
constitute the Peabody Essex Museum). No known individual was
identified.
    Catalogue data at the Peabody Essex Museum lists these human
remains as ``Indian, from Cayuga County, New York.'' Based on the
provenance listed in the catalogue, representatives of the Cayuga
Nation of New York have identified these human remains as Cayuga. In
the absence of associated cultural material, the Peabody Essex Museum
has been unable to ascertain the precise age of the human remains.
Based on historic sources and treaties, Cayuga County, NY lies within
the historically known area in which the Cayuga had villages. Lacking
any evidence to the contrary, the Peabody Essex Museum is accepting
these human remains as having Cayuga origin.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Essex Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Peabody Essex
Museum 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 Cayuga Nation of
New York.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact John
R. Grimes, Curator of Native American Art and Culture, Peabody Essex
Museum, East Indian Square, Salem, MA 01970, telephone (978) 745-9500,
before December 22, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Cayuga Nation of New York may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: November 2, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-29833 Filed 11-21-00; 8:45 am]
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