[Federal Register: September 18, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 181)]
[Notices]
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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 Tioga County
Historical Society, Owego, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 Tioga County Historical
Society, Owego, NY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Tioga County
Historical Society and Binghamton University professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Caygua Nation of New York.
    In 1932, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from the Stakmore Furniture Factory site in Owego, NY during
construction activities. No known individuals were identified. The
twelve associated funerary objects recovered with these human remains
include Sackett corded sherds, a Carpenter Brook rim sherd, a shell-
tempered rim sherds with catellation, and two cord-marked body sherds.
These associated funerary object have not been located in the
collections of the Tioga County Historical Society.
    Based on the apparent age of the human remains and presence of
associated funerary objects, these individuals have been determined to
be Native American. Based on the ceramic styles (Sackett [Farm] corded,
Carpenter Brook, and rim sherds with castellations], the burials date to
1100-1450 A.D. Archeological evidence for this geographic area
indicates these ceramic styles fit into the material culture continuum
for the development of Cayuga ceramics.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Tioga
County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Tioga
County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which 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, the Oneida Nation of New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the
Onondaga Nation of New York, Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican
Indians of Wisconsin, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York,
and the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary objects
should contact Joann Lindstrom, Director of Collections, Tioga County
Historical Society, 110 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827; telephone: (607)
687-2460, before October 19, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains
and associated funerary objects to the Cayuga Nation of New York may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 8, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-25098 Filed 9-17-98; 8:45 am]
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