[Federal Register: October 4, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 193)]
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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 New York State
Museum, Albany, NY

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

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(NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9, of the completion of an inventory of human
remains and associated funerary objects in the possession of the New
York State Museum, Albany, NY.
    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 New York
State Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.
    In 1969, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were removed from the Coffin site (NYSM Site Number 1304), Easton
Township, Washington County, NY, located on the eastern floodplain of
the Hudson River. Excavations were conducted by New York State Museum
staff. Although the site was a habitation site, a single burial was
encountered in a storage pit. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Field records and descriptions of the site indicate that all
excavated features originated in the Oak Hill Phase Late Woodland
occupation of the site, dated to circa A.D. 1300-1400. The Oak Hill
phase is part of a developmental continuum attributed to Algonkian
speakers. The site is within the historically-known aboriginal homeland
of the Mohicans.
    Between 1954 and 1974, human remains representing a minimum of 39
individuals were recovered from the Menands Bridge site (NYSM Site
Number 1361), located on the alluvial flats west of the Hudson River,
Menands, Colonie Township, Albany County, NY. Salvage excavations were
conducted by New York State Museum staff and local avocational
archaeologists R. Arthur Johnson and C. S. Sundler. No known
individuals were identified. The three associated funerary objects are
two rounded pebbles and a soil sample from one burial.
    Field records, diagnostic artifacts, a radiocarbon date, and
descriptions of the site indicate that most of the burials were
interred during the Late Woodland period, circa A.D. 1275-1400. Based
on the archaeological evidence and the geographic location of the
Menands Bridge site within the historically known aboriginal homeland
of the Mohican, human remains and associated funerary objects from the
Menands Bridge site are most likely to be culturally affiliated with
the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the New York
State Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of 40
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the New York
State Museum have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2),
the three 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
New York State Museum 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 Native American human remains and associated
funerary objects and the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Stockbridge Munsee
Band of Mohican Indians. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Lisa M. Anderson, NAGPRA
Coordinator, New York State Museum, 3122 CEC, Albany, NY 12230,
telephone (518) 474-5813, before November 5, 2001. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Stockbridge Munsee
Band of Mohican Indians 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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