[Federal Register: April 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 71)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 in the possession of
the Peabody Museum of Arhcaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, the Hopi
Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, the Kiowa Tribe, the Mescalero
Apache Tribe, the Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Cochiti, the Pueblo of
Jemez, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the Wichita and
Affiliated Tribes.
    In 1929, human remains representing four individuals were recovered
from Pecos Pueblo by William Claflin, Jr. while visiting excavations
conducted by Vincent Kidder under the auspices of Phillips Academy,
Andover, MA. In 1985, William Claflin, Jr. donated these human remains
to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on the ceramic types recovered from this site, Pecos Pueblo
was occupied into the historic period 1300-1838. Historic records
document occupation at the site unitl 1838 when the last inhabitants
left the Pueblo and went to the Pueblo of Jemez. In 1936, an Act of
Congress recognized the Pueblo of Jemez as a ``consolidation'' and
``merger'' of the Pueblo of Pecos and the Pueblo of Jemez; this Act
further recognizes that all property, rights, titles, interests, and
claims of both Pueblos were consolidated under the Pueblo of Jemez.
    Further evidence supporting a shared group identity between the
Pecos and Jemez pueblos emerges in numerous aspects of present-day
Jemez life. The 1992-1993 Pecos Ethnographic Project (unrelated to
NAGPRA) states: ``[T]he cultural evidence of Pecos living traditions
are 1) thet official tribal government position of a Second Lieutenant/
Pecos Governor; 2) the possession of the Pecos Pueblo cane of office;
3) the statue and annual feast day of Porcingula (Nuestra Senora de los
Angeles) on August 2; 4) the Eagle Watchers' Society; 5) the migration
of Pecos people in the early nineteenth century; 6) the knowledge of
the Pecos language by a few select elders.'' (Levine 1994:2-3)
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Arhcaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of four individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Arhcaeology and Ethnology 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 Pueblo of Jemez.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Apache Tribe of
Oklahoma, the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, the Hopi Tribe, the Jicarilla
Apache Tribe, the Kiowa Tribe, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Navajo
Nation, Pueblo of Cochiti, the Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Santo
Domingo, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains

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should contact Barbara Issac, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 022138;
telephone (617) 495-2254, before May 14, 1999. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Pueblo of Jemez may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: April 5, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-9324 Filed 4-13-99; 8:45 am]
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