[Federal Register: May 5, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 86)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains 
From New York in the Possession of the University of Pennsylvania 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA

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 (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9, 
of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 
Philadelphia, PA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University 
of Pennsylvania Museum professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New York. Requests by phone and 
correspondence for consultation with the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of 
Oklahoma have not been successful.
    In 1997, the control of human remains representing one individual 
was transferred from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA 
to the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Based on archival 
documentation, this individual has been identified as ``Wan-Yun-ta, 
Chief of the Cayuga Tribe'' from New York State. Currently, no lineal 
descendents have been identified by the Cayuga Nation of New York. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on accession information, this individual has been identified 
as Native American. Archival information from the Academy of Natural 
Sciences indicates these remains were collected by Dr. Z. Pitcher 
during the 19th century in New York State.
    In 1997, the control of human remains representing one individual 
was transferred from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA 
to the University of Pennsylvania Museum. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on accession information, this individual has been identified 
as Native American. Archival information from the Academy of Natural 
Sciences indicates these remains were excavated from a burial of a 
``young Cayuga Iroquois chief'' near Union Springs, Cayuga County, NY 
in 1894 by William W. Adams.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the 
University of Pennsylvania Museum 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 University of Pennsylvania Museum have also 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 and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. Representatives of any 
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated 
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact 
Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the Charles K. Williams II Director, University of 
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd and Spruce 
Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; telephone: (215) 898-4051, fax 
(215) 898-0657, before June 4, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains 
to the Cayuga Nation of New York may begin after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations 
within this notice.
Dated: April 29, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-11837 Filed 5-4-98; 8:45 am]
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