[Federal Register: March 15, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 50)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA;
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice; correction.
Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent
to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, that meet
the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations in this notice.
This notice corrects the total number of unassociated funerary
objects from four to five described in a Notice of Intent to Repatriate
Cultural Items (72 FR 48677-48678, August 24, 2007). Since publication,
an additional funerary object was found for one of the two sites in the
In the Federal Register (72 FR 48677-48678, August 24, 2007),
paragraph three is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
The five cultural items are three brass sheet fragments, one lot of
elk teeth pendants and white discoidal beads, and one vial of shell and
glass bead fragments.
Paragraph four is corrected by substituting the following
In 1903, four cultural items were recovered from the Silverheels
site in Brant, Erie County, NY, during a Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology expedition led by M. R. Harrington and A. C. Parker.
Museum documentation indicates that the cultural items were interred
with human remains. The human remains that were originally associated
with these items were published in the Federal Register in a Notice of
Inventory Completion (66 FR 51060-51062, October 5, 2001), and have
since been transferred to the culturally affiliated groups. Therefore,
the cultural items are now unassociated funerary
objects. The four unassociated funerary objects are three brass sheet
fragments and one lot of elk teeth pendants and white discoidal beads.
Paragraph nine is corrected by substituting the following
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have
determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), that the five cultural
items described 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of
the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of
Native American individuals. Officials of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined, pursuant to 24 U.S.C.
3001(2), that there is a relationship of shared group identity that can
be reasonably traced between the unassociated funerary objects and the
Cayuga Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe of
Indians of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; Seneca Nation of New
York; Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New
York; Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York; and Tuscarora
Nation of New York (hereinafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should
contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702, before April 14, 2011.
Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to The Tribes may
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is responsible for
notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published.
Dated: March 9, 2011.
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-5867 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]
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