[Federal Register: June 20, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 119)]
[Notices]
[Page 33676]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Washington County, ME in the Possession of the Maine State Museum,
Augusta, ME

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), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and from
Washington County, ME in the possession of the Maine State Museum,
Augusta, ME.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Maine State
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Aroostook Band of MicMacs, Houlton Band of Maliseets, Passamaquoddy
Tribe, and the Penobscot Indian Nation.
    During the 19th century, human remains representing one individual
were recovered from an unknown site in Lubec, Washington County, ME, by
an unknown individual. These human remains were transferred to the
Maine State Museum in 1989 by the Smithsonian Institution. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Osteological evidence indicates this individual is morphologially
consistent with contemporary Native Americans. The overall condition of
these human remains indicates they are probably attributable to the
16th century. Washington County, ME is located within the historically
documented territory of the Etchemin, from whom the Passamaquoddy Tribe
descends. There is no evidence of any other cultural group living in
this area during the 16th century.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Maine
State Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Maine State
Museum 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 Native American human remains and the
Passamaquoddy Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Aroostook Band of
MicMacs, Houlton Band of Maliseets, Passamaquoddy Tribe, and the
Penobscot Indian Nation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Dr. Bruce Bourque, Chief Archaeologist, Maine State
Museum, 83 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; telephone (207) 287-
2301, before July 21, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Passamaquoddy Tribe may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: June 12, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
    Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-16167 Filed 6-19-97; 8:45 am]
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