[Federal Register: January 27, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 17)]
[Notices]
[Page 3914]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Arkansas and
Oklahoma in the Possession of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
College, Hanover, NH

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Hood Museum of Art,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, which meets the definition of
``unassociated funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The eight items--seven copper beads and a polished clear quartz
celt--were purchased by Mr. Glover Street Hastings III, a private
collector. Mr. Hastings' daughter, Carlena H. Redfield, donated the
collection to Dartmouth College in 1981. Mr. Hastings' donation
information indicates the celt came from a Caddo grave in the Ouachita
River Valley, Montgomery County, AR. Mr. Hastings' information
indicates the seven copper beads came from Spiro Mound, Sequoyah
County, OK.
    Celts and copper beads are consistent with the types of funerary
objects used in traditional Caddoan burial practices. Spiro Mound is
considered a prepared physical location into which, as part of the
death rite or ceremony of a culture, individual human remains were
deposited. Both Spiro Mound, Sequoyah County, OK and the Montgomery
County, AR, are located within the area archeologically and
ethnographically documented as being occupied by ancestral Caddoan
populations for the last 2,000 years.
    Officials of the Hood Museum of Art have determined that, pursuant
to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), these eight cultural items 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 and
are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed
from a specific burial site of an Native American individual. Officials
of the Hood Museum of Art have also determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between these items and the Caddo Indian Tribe
of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Mr. Kellen G. Haak, Registrar and Repatriation Coordinator, Hood Museum
of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, telephone (603) 646-3109
before February 26, 1997. Repatriation of these objects to the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: January 17, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethngraphy Program.
[FR Doc. 97-1855 Filed 1-24-97; 8:45 am]
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