[Federal Register: October 4, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 193)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion for Human Remains and Associated
Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, 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 an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects in the
possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, 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 the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians
of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California.
    In 1875, human remains representing 110 individuals were donated to
the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by the Smithsonian
Institution. The human remains were accessioned into the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology the same year. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum records indicate that these remains were collected by Paul
Schumacher in 1875 as part of a joint expedition of the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Smithsonian Institution. The
remains were collected from unknown sites on San Miguel Island and
Santa Cruz Island, CA.
    Archeological investigations have identified a cultural continuity
for the Chumash Indians that traces their presence on the northern
Channel Islands back 7,000 to 9,000 years. Geographical, archeological,
and oral history evidence indicate a shared group identity between
these human remains from San Miguel Island and Santa Cruz Island, CA,
and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez
Reservation, California, the present-day tribe most closely associated
with the prehistoric and historic Chumash Indians.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above are reasonably
believed to be the physical remains of 110 individuals of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the Peabody

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Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also 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 human remains and the Santa
Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation,
California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Santa Ynez Band of
Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Barbara
Isaac, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617)
495-2254, before November 5, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez
Reservation, California may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 14, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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