FR Doc 03-5510
[Federal Register: March 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 45)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Walter Elwood Museum and the
Greater Amsterdam School District, Amsterdam, NY
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5, of
the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary
objects in the possession of Walter Elwood Museum, Amsterdam, NY, and
in the control of the Greater Amsterdam School District, Amsterdam, NY.
These human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from a
site in Montgomery County, NY.
This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5
(d)(3). 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 Walter
Elwood Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation.
In 1903 and 1904, human remains representing a minimum of four
individuals were removed from the Wemp site (NYSM site [numsign]1100)
near the hamlet of Fort Hunter in the town of Florida, Montgomery
County, NY. The human remains were removed either by a farmer or a
canal worker during gravel excavations to repair the Erie Canal, and
subsequently were purchased by Mr. Max Reid. Mr. Reid's daughter, Mrs.
Frazier Whitcomb, inherited the human remains from her father. In 1948,
Mrs. Whitcomb donated the human remains to the Walter Elwood Museum. No
known individuals were identified. The five associated funerary objects
are pottery sherds.
The pottery sherds represent types common during the Late Woodland
period that preceded the historic Mohawk settlement at Fort Hunter. The
burials excavated at the Wemp site were located on a gravel ridge east
of Fort Hunter where Mohawk groups established one of two remaining
villages in the Mohawk Valley in the
early 18th century. The historically documented ``Lower Mohawk
Castle,'' also known as ``Tionondoroge'' or ``Tehandaloga,'' is
generally assumed to be associated with a settlement located near the
confluence of the Schoharie Creek and the Mohawk River, which included
the Wemp site cemetery. The Mohawk people established the settlement
around 1710 and most had abandoned it by 1776.
Officials of the Walter Elwood Museum have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2 (9-10), the human remains listed
above represent the physical remains of at least four individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Walter Elwood Museum have
also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. (3)(A), the five
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 Walter Elwood
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2 (2),
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 Akwesasne Mohawk Nation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Ronald E. Limoncelli, Superintendent,
Greater Amsterdam School District, 11 Liberty Street, Amsterdam, New
York 12101, telephone (518) 843-5217, before April 7, 2003.
Repatriation of these human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation may proceed after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
The Walter Elwood Museum is responsible for notifying the Akwesasne
Mohawk Nation that this notice has been published.
Dated: January 24, 2003.
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 03-5510 Filed 3-6-03; 8:45 am]
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