[Federal Register: July 14, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 134)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects From Connecticut in the Possession of
the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT

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
associated funerary objects from Connecticut in the possession of the
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Yale Peabody
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Mohegan Tribe.
    In 1913, human remains representing two individuals were excavated
on the property of Ulmer Leather Company, Norwich, CT and donated to
the Yale Peabody Museum by Henry Ulmer. No known individuals were
identified. The nine associated funerary objects include an incomplete
copper vessel, two incomplete copper spoons, four trade metal spoons, a
trade clay pipe with a broken stem, and a stone pestle.
    In 1973, human remains representing one individual recovered from
Norwich, CT were donated to the Yale Peabody Museum by Mr. Max Miller
of Norwich, CT. No known individual was identified. The one associated
funerary object is a bronze vessel.
    Morphological evidence indicates these human remains are Native
American based on dentition. Based on the types of associated funerary
objects, these human remains most likely date from the proto-historic
into the early historic period. Historic documents indicate that the
Mohegan occupied Norwich into the historic period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Yale
Peabody Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Peabody Museum of Natural History have also determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the ten 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 Peabody Museum of Natural History
have 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 associated funerary
objects and the Mohegan Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Mohegan Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Dr. Richard Burger, Director, Yale Peabody
Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, P.O. Box 208118, New
Haven, CT 06520-8118; telephone: (203) 432-3752, before August 13,
1997. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Mohegan Tribe may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: July 8, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-18431 - Filed 7-11-97 ; 8:45 am]
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